Ray Brown wrote: > On Tuesday, January 13, 2004, at 01:37 AM, Tristan McLeay wrote: > >> On Mon, 12 Jan 2004, Joe wrote: > > [snip] > >> For instance, we have 'welcome' 'unwelcome', and 'neither welcome nor >> >>> unwelcome'. I suggest a new prefix 'en-'. For instance 'enfast' means >>> 'not fast', but 'unfast' means 'slow'. >> >> >> Well, en- already has a meaning so I'm not sure that that's such a good >> idea, > > > You're being polite. en- is a very bad idea if you want to create a new > English prefix with the idea of "not". As Tristan says, en- already > exists > as a prefix in English with the meanings: > - in, into > - cause to be > -intensive > >> and in-'s already overloaded (Latin for both un- and en- making for >> the obvious fun with inflammible). > > > Yep - and en- would be similarly overloaded if it acquired a negative > meaning. > >> (Personally, enfast to >> me sound like you're making something fast, though, perhaps, that >> implies >> that it's not yet fast.) > > > Is that 'fast' in the sense of "firm, fixed" or of "quick, rapid"? (I > assume > not the sense "refrain from food") > > If I cam across the word 'enfast', I'd assume it was a quaint archaic or > dialect > word meaning "to fasten", i.e. to cause something to be fixed. Heh, yes. I wasn't really thinking realistically, there. Still, the concept's interesting.