I am writing an encounter generator creating (more or less random) combinations of places and persons (name, gender, profession, age). The purpose is to be able to concentrate on writing (e.g. short dialogues) without having to ponder for long about names etc. This is not for creative writing, but for creating writing exercises on the fly.
For the professions I am using those from Traupman's Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency and also a few from a visual dictionary (Dover publications). Some female (and a few male) forms are missing, however. Here is list:
- craftsman = faber: what is the female form, "fabra"? Related: "faber tignarius", "faber electricus", "faber lapidarius", "metallorum faber", "faber ocularius",
- hairdresser = ornatrix; tonstrix; concinnator capillorum: what is the male form, simply "concinnator capillorum"?
- interviewer = interrogator: what is the female form, "interrogatrix"?
- merchant = mercator: what is the female form, "mercatrix"?
- prostitute = meretrix; prostituta: what is the male equivalent?
- plasterer = tector: what is the female form, "tectrix"?
- police officere = vigil: what is the female form, simply "vigil" as well?
- presenter (e.g. TV) = praesentator: what is the female form, "praesentatrix"?
- retailer = propola: what is the female form. Note: according to Forcellini the word propola, -ae f. means mercatoris taberna not a female retailer.
- sheriff = geraefa: what is the female form, simply "geraefa" (similar to "agricola", "nauta", etc.)?
- soldier = miles: what is the female form, simply "miles" as well?
- undertaker = pollinctor: what is the female form, "pollinctrix"?
- wrestler = luctator: what is the female form, "luctatrix"?
Is it possible to simply replace all -tor endings by -trix? I do not feel absolutely comfortable with that solution.
Generally speaking, is it allowable to use -trix only in order to emphasise the feminine character and otherwise use the -tor one (retaining feminine gender, of course), e.g. praesentator, -oris f.