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I'm a Ruby, Python, PHP, and Lua programmer. Most of my projects have been web-based collaboration sites to help my coworkers communicate and trade information more effectively, and lots of one-off utilities to shoehorn data into fussy systems. I'd love nothing more than to fulfill my goal of becoming a teacher (pay be damned!) and I'm working on my degree to do just that.


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comment Is there a semantic difference between “manipulable” and “manipulatable”?
With some additional research, it appears you're exactly right: "manipulate" was formed from "manipulation", which was the "-ation" (essentially "the process of") suffix applied to the Latin root word "manipulus", or "to work with the hand". So "manipulable" would mean "workable (with the hand)" while "manipulatable" would mean "able to be worked (with the hand)". In short, it's the same distinction between "usable" and "can be used", which is likely why we see "manipulable" in connection with psychology and "manipulatable" in connection with engineering (via Ngrams).
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accepted Is there a semantic difference between “manipulable” and “manipulatable”?
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asked Is there a semantic difference between “manipulable” and “manipulatable”?
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comment “Demonstratable” — a dictionary word, or just a well known hack?
Thou insists on a language that doth not change?
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