prefixes and suffixes

Inside is the opposite of outside. Logically.

So, the opposite of hangover must be hangunder then? And is the positive of disappointed, appointed? The ‘un’ and ‘um’ prefixes are easier though. Simply a matter of sound, phonetics and clear logic. An umbrella can’t be an

The ‘un’ and ‘um’ prefixes are easier though. Simply a matter of sound, phonetics and clear logic. An umbrella can’t be an unbrella now, can it? And umbridge is not a hesitation in crossing a river.

It does get a bit trickier though with some of these incomprehensible prefixes and suffixes that sound so simple. Less is naturally the antonym of more. So if one is unfortunate enough to be hapless, one would certainly want to become

So if one is unfortunate enough to be hapless, one would certainly want to become hapmore. Or if you are homeless, do you wish to be homemore, or maybe homeplus? Furthermore or furtherless, moreover. More or less.

Be is one of my favourite prefixes because it is so stupidly also the most common verb in English. Clever idea really. But what does it mean? All over and all around? Completely or having or covered with? Perhaps affected with or caused to be?

Now there’s another wonderful piece of logic and clarity. Beset, becalmed,

But what does it mean? All over and all around? Completely or having or covered with? Perhaps affected with or caused to be?

Now there’s another wonderful piece of logic and clarity. Beset, becalmed, bejewelled, bespectacled, befog, bemuse, bewitched, bespatter but never bebe! And may it be a suffix in maybe?

Not negates a verb and is not a prefix. Notwithstanding what I just wrote, remember that.

Perhaps a little addition with a-, ac-, ad-, af-, ag- al-, an-, ap-, at- as-, at- ? No I think I’ll pass on that one.

Probably better to stop here and enjoy my impeachable and unintoxicated state of hangunderness!

Easy Prefixes
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5 thoughts on “Easy Prefixes

  • 16/07/2011 at 4:23 pm
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    howabout ‘peachable’ ? as opposed to impeachable? If i am peachable, not withstanding, (or not withsitting), does that mean that i am, dare i say it, INNOCENT?

  • 06/09/2011 at 10:39 am
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    UMMM Not to get too technical here xP
    pre is for the start of the word so your post is talking about affixes as it is discussing and using prefixes and suffixes. hangunder is a suffix change . Just little old me the dyslexic…

  • 22/10/2011 at 2:02 pm
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    Actually, the opposite of hangover is “No I’ve had enough, thanks.”

  • 22/10/2011 at 3:16 pm
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    Couldn’t agree more with Graham above! Or even, I’ll drink soft stuff, then wake up the following morning without a sore head and remember what a nice evening I had.. or what an amusing time I spent watching people get very drunk and behaving in a very entertaining way :-)…

    …and by the way, I’m with you on your love of ‘be’ as a prefix.

  • 12/07/2017 at 2:27 pm
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    i will take enough time to follow this link.

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