One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(forming nouns) denoting a place for a particular function.‘dormitory’‘repository’
From Latin -oria, -orium, sometimes via Anglo-Norman French -orie, Old French -oire.
Forming adjectives (and occasionally nouns) relating to or involving a verbal action.‘compulsory’‘directory’‘mandatory’
From Latin -orius, sometimes via Anglo-Norman French -ori(e).
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