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  • The art of making madeupical words by the simple removal or prefixes, e.g. ascetic --> scetic.

    December 22, 2008

  • There is a slight potential problem with this method if the result is a noun. Suppose one wishes to coin the madeupical term "norexic" to describe one's housemate Nora, who never met a snack food she didn't like, and has the embonpoint to prove it. Sentences like "Nora's a norexic" are out.

    I believe you allude to this issue in one of your other comments.

    But I like this whole new approach to generating madeupical words. So much leaner and more streamlined than those portmanteau coinages.

    Hmmm. How about necdotal evidence? Yes, I like it!

    *scurries off to add it to list*

    P.S. Welcome to Wordie!

    December 22, 2008

  • Sentences like "Nora's a norexic" are out.

    Not for me, though, as the "a"s are schwas. Quite different!

    December 22, 2008

  • "There is a slight potential problem with this method if the result is a noun." Sionnach is correct... avoid using this method to create nouns from words with a- prefixes. It may get terribly confusing.

    I'm rather touched that nobody's yet pointed out my glaring typo... if only one could edit the word after the event.

    December 22, 2008

  • I had no idea there were such rules for madeupical words. ;-)

    December 22, 2008

  • I was going to suggest this should be deprefixation, but as reesetee points out, it's a madeupical word anyway. Also, I wondered if the spelling was intentional, to form a portmanteau from deprivation + prefix.

    December 22, 2008

  • Gardyloo. This has an unmadeupical name 'aphesis'.

    December 23, 2008

  • That's a brilliant solution, rolig! Thank you.

    December 23, 2008

  • I withdraw my claim that this is equivalent to aphesis: that's just a phonetic reduction, but the present process is morphological: you treat something that isn't an affix as an affix.

    December 29, 2008

  • In rare cases you might be removing a genuine classical prefix (when an affixed word is in use and the root never has been), but it depends entirely on the word and its etymology. Otherwise, yes, it's just a bit of fun.

    December 29, 2008

  • I would call it 'phesis. :)

    December 29, 2008