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suffixize

verb; derivation
To make a word or part of a word into a suffix. Eric B. innovated this word during a linguistics lecture at Rice University. The word was invented on the spot to help describe some of the difficulties in parsing and interpreting new words. “Suffixize” in the strictest definition means to form into a suffix. However, even in the context of linguistics this word has little use in common speech. Eric chose this word to humorously illustrate some of the challenges associated with investigating neologisms, the same task that has brought me to this current text. I would venture to guess that most neologisms fit this profile. That is to say, that most neologisms are innovated, used, and forgotten, and that their purpose was not to invented a new useful word, but to emphasize a point by evoking humor. It should be noted that I have taken all of the humor out off the original phrase by describing it thusly. One might say it has been dehumorized.
 
We might need to suffixize this morpheme.
Etymology : suffix from New Latin suffixum, from Latin, neuter of suffixus, past participle of suffigere, 'to fasten underneath, affix' + -ize 'to cause to be' from Middle English -isen, from Old French -iser, from Late Latin -izare, from Greek –izein.
Source : Eric B.
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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