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stalkerage

noun; back formation 'stalker' + 'age'(suffix forming nouns that denote an action)
stalkerage, n. the act of being a stalker; the act of stalking
 
'Stalkerage' comes from a back formation of the word 'stalker.' Even though 'stalker' is already a noun of the word 'stalk' that is defined as 'to pursue quarry or prey stealthily,' the person added another suffix to the end, '-age.' '-age' generally functions as a suffix that forms nouns from verbs. The two suffixes, '-er' and now '-age' are thus a bit redundant, but together they reinforce the idea of 'the act of stalking.'
Etymology : 'Stalkerage' has the root 'stalk.' This is a verb that originally came from Old English '-stealcian,' as in 'bestealcian,' or 'to steal along.' This, in turn, may be from the proto-Germanic word *stalkojanan, probably from a frequentative of the root 'steal,' like 'hark' from 'hear' and 'talk' from 'tell.'
Source : "He's following you around? That's total stalkerage!" - College student at UT Dallas 10/18/08
Last modified: 27 November 2008


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