I love examining my language. One of my co-workers is learning English and we often talk about parts of English that I've never given any thought.
The word nutty came up the other day when I was describing a flavor. "Oh," he said, "you can put a 'y' on 'nut' and make a new word."
"Yes, " I said, though it had never occurred to me before, "the noun becomes an adjective."
Then we started talking about how many English words can have a 'y' added.
Chocolate (uh oh, I thought, this is something different, chocolaty means it's like chocolate, but may not be chocolate, it has some aspect of chocolate. The different is subtle but there.
Then came 'smart' and 'smarty', there's a difference for you, depending upon how 'smarty' is used.
Nothing profound here, just interesting.
We just got started on '-----ling'.
gosling, duckling, foundling, yearling, changeling
Joe(I blame the Danes)Nation
Yeah, what about kindling? That's small wood for the fire.
Coddling? That's cooking eggs
I'm pretty sure kindling refers to the reading of ebooks.