Posted by Kasinee Jainaknan on January 31, 2002
In Reply to: It's just a comparative adjective... posted by Alex on November 28, 2001
: : : I'd like to know the meaning of the word 'junior' in the following sentence:
: : : "He married with a girl who was twenty years his 'junior'.
: : : Junior in this case is not his younger son, once he married in an advanced age, and never had had son.
: : It means the girl was twenty years younger than he.
: : If she is 20 years his junior and he is 50 years old then she is 30 years old.
: positive comparative superlative
: iuvenis (young) iuvenior
: senex (old) senior
: bonus (good) melior
: melior then gives
us words like 'ameliorate' - to make better.
: so anyway junior just seems to be a corruption of iuvenior. the confusion of the original point comes from the fact that these adjectives when used on their own take on substantive properties.