July 14th, 2008

if I were me

A completely unimportant polling

Poll #1223499 herb people

So, what's the best synonym for "herbalist"? If you were going to use it about sixty times in a book, I mean. Not for everyday use.

herb-wife (I don't think there's an accepted masculine version, though I have called someone an herb-husband in my book)
2(8.0%)
herb-man/herb-woman
1(4.0%)
herborist
0(0.0%)
herbist
2(8.0%)
herbarist
0(0.0%)
herbarian
4(16.0%)
herbalist is the best word
16(64.0%)

Would you believe that all of the terms above (except herb-husband, of course) are in the OED?

Yep
20(87.0%)
Nope
3(13.0%)

So, will you take the follow up quiz, "What's your favorite synonym for still-room type place?"

herbary ticky!
8(33.3%)
yes ticky!
4(16.7%)
no ticky!
0(0.0%)
if you are the person who selects ALL tickies even when some are contradictory, then check this ticky!
1(4.2%)