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You can say "sartorial" to mean "of or pertaining to tailors of their trade." Is there an equivalent for carpenters?

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Are you looking for an adjective? –  Jared Updike Oct 28 '10 at 22:18
    
@Jared: yep i am –  Claudiu Oct 28 '10 at 23:04
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To throw another 'sartorial'-like word on the pile: you could say 'tonsorial' to refer to something related to the trade of barbers (or anything to do with trimming): en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tonsor –  Jared Updike Oct 29 '10 at 20:38

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Well, since sartorial comes from the Latin word sartor, then I guess the word pertaining to carpenters would be lignarial, coming from the Latin word for carpenter, lignarius.

This is not an attested word of course, but if your goal is obfuscation of the same sort as sartorial, then lignarial is the word you want to use.

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oo deliciously abstruse.. –  Claudiu Oct 28 '10 at 23:04
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Or.. a good word for a pickup game of balderdash. –  Chris Dwyer Oct 28 '10 at 23:41

Unless the reader has a Latin dictionary on hand (or they search the web and hit this page) 'lignarial' would be inscrutable to most readers (unless that is your goal!)

But if we are using other languages to justify crafting words, 'carpenteria' means carpentry in Spanish, and the -al ending is a common way to turn nouns into adjectives, so may I suggest:

  • carpenterial

In addition, the -or agent noun suffix is common in describing people in a given line of work: actor, governor, navigator, etc. Compare 'gubernatorial':

  • carpentorial

I suppose the only added benefit these made up words would have when your readers see them is that they can probably guess what they mean. Again it depends on context. I would advise against using any of these unattested words in formal writing, for example (even 'lignarial' — and 'lignarial' carries a certain feeling of veracity which may cause folks to look the word up, leading to more frustration when they inevitably cannot find anything about it except this web page).

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Are these adjectives real words? –  Steve Melnikoff Oct 29 '10 at 10:09
    
@Steve Melnikoff, no, they aren't. That's the point of Jared's answer. (Although lignarial does seem to occur in the scientific names of some species.) –  Marthaª Oct 29 '10 at 20:45
    
People make up words all the time. Like... internet. –  Armstrongest Oct 29 '10 at 20:49
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+1, though the agent noun suffix -er is actually much more common in English than -or, see "commentor vs commenter". –  RegDwigнt Oct 29 '10 at 20:56
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Spanish for "carpentry" is "carpintería", not "carpenteria". :-) –  CesarGon Jan 3 '11 at 21:25

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