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Ubiquitousness

derivation noun
ubiquity, universality
 
Usually used (either knowingly or unknowingly) as an alternative to ubiquity.
Etymology : By adding a common noun ending ‘-ness,’ users derive a noun from the adjective “ubiquitous;” unaware, probably, that the typical noun form of ubiquitous is “ubiquity.” Users of “ubiquitousness” come to this derivation by analogy; other words end with ‘-ousness,’ such as “callousness,” and yet others seem as if they should end with ‘-ousness’ such as “jealousness” and “zealousness.” “Ubiquitousness” can often seem like a more rational derived noun than “ubiquity” which follows a less common pattern of words like “iniquity” and “antiquity.”
Source : “There’s like a ubiquitousness of this theme in books and movies;” (paraphrased from spoken language). Nov. 2016
Last modified: 3 December 2016


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