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Would you call a person who has a personality similar to Lincoln a Lincoln or a Lincolner?

Also, does Lincolner have any political connotations, like someone supporting the Republican party?

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As a metaphor, "a Lincoln." Looking for an adjective? Then, "Lincolnesque." "Lincolner," while I can (barely) see the logic, is not found as such in a Google search.

  • When you say you can barely see the logic do you mean the logic of seeing Lincolner as a noun or tying that to someone supporting the Republican party? – Bentley4 Dec 3 '13 at 14:30
  • Lincoln sounds better then Lincolner to me for some reason but Lincolner makes it unambiguous that it is distinct from the name 'Lincoln'. I'm not a native Enlgish speaker, would you find 'Lincolner' a good coice for a noun meaning a person with a similar character to Lincoln? – Bentley4 Dec 3 '13 at 14:53
  • I understand my reluctance to use Lincolner. -er is used frequently for an inhabitant of a place. E.g. an inhabitant of the city Lincoln. Unfortunately there is already a city called Lincoln so I can't use Lincolner. – Bentley4 Dec 3 '13 at 15:44
  • I think "a Lincoln" is correct because I know "a Judas" is also used in the English language, coming from the name of the person Judas. – Bentley4 Dec 3 '13 at 15:47
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"Lincolner" would be ambiguous as it brings to mind Lincoln in the UK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln,_England

  • Actually no, certainly not with most people. Besides, what is wrong with ambiguous? Pretty much every single word on this page is ambiguous. – RegDwigнt Dec 4 '13 at 15:13
  • That depends on who in particular you mean by most people. As a British person, the question certainly made me think of Lincoln in the UK. – Tristan r Dec 4 '13 at 15:21
  • It would logically mean one who Lincolns; is that something to do with the breed of sheep? – TimLymington Feb 20 '16 at 13:38

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