>From: Robin Turner <[log in to unmask]>
>OK, here goes. I promise not to cheat, but I can't promise not
>to be facetious - it's just the way I am.
>ab - take away
And "abdomen" is therefore "to take away a house" with a Germanic plural
>abs - not a real prefix, I think, just "ab" and a root starting
I think this is the root of "absolute", but I was inclined to be
facetious myself and refer to fitness.
>ac - "ad" or "ab" modified by a root (I forget the technical term
I figured this was the root in "accede". But is it also in "acrimony" -
nope, acri is down further in the list. Neither is productive in English.
>acer - some kind of tree
I think he meant the root of "acerbic", but maybe you are right and he
>acid - what it says.
>acri - bitter
>ad - to
and everyone who knows that good Latin borrowing "ad hoc" can see how "made
up on the spot" relates to "to".
>ada - Turkish for "island"
adamant? (is the root ada or adam?)
>ade - sounds like another pseudo-prefix from "ad"
I figured this was the suffix meaning drink.
>af - "ad" or "ab" modified by a root again
Is affix "to-fix" or "take-away-fix"?
>ag - this means something?
if it had been "agri" which was not on the list, it might
>age - what it says
>amb - ??
ambient? maybe "environment"
>ana - reverse, back, as in "anaphoric"
But then there is the suffix meaning (maybe) "place" (Indiana)
>ancy - should be "mancy" (divination), surely
So what do "fancy" and "Nancy" mean? I figured this was just another form
of "ance". Apparently back in the 1700s people taked interchangeably about
independence and independency
>anni - some variant of "anno"?
>annu - ditto
One of these has to do with rings and annother to do with years, and I have
no idea how "announce" fits in. (Spelling typo was intentional, of course).
>apo - Leader of the PKK, currently appealing against the death
Is he an apostate? Would he get off if he gave an apology?
>ar - "ad" or "ab" modified by a root again
>as - "ad" or "ab" modified by a root again
You're having fun with this, I can tell.
>at - what it says
as well as probably also another "modified by a root" in some cases
>cata - forward, opposite of ana
Does that mean that an "anapult" fires missiles backwards? And what is
forward about a "catacomb"
I'll stop here. People think I go on too long when teasing Petry.
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