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Stefan Linnemann
1144714.  Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:48 am Reply with quote

We're all familiar with the Greek an Latin origins of huge chunks of our (West-European) languages, including the numerous prefixes used to alter a base concept.

For amusement purposes I invented this game, where one takes an existing word starting what might be such a prefix, and replace it willy nilly with another to invent a new word, replacing an existing word with a new meaning, if this amuses one.

A series of already existing words with the same stem is, for instance:
prefect, infect, affect, effect, defect, perfect.

I've at gthe moment noting gunny in mind, so I''ll just give a barren example.

A stem without such a series is for instance:
invent
exvent To distract/hinder/destroy someone's attempt to create a new and hopefully useful thing.
perivent To get close to creating something new but never quite nailing it.

It's also perfectly possible to pretend "instance" starts with the prefix "in" and take things from there.

 
Spud McLaren
1144716.  Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:59 am Reply with quote

Exdia - all the places where pakoras aren't available.

As an aside - is a proconsul a sul who can't make up his mind?

 
Stefan Linnemann
1144719.  Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:39 am Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
Exdia - all the places where pakoras aren't available.

As an aside - is a proconsul a sul who can't make up his mind?

Exactly! By the way, "sul" is Dutch for "doofus".

Inactly - Used to indicate an apparent accuracy which on closer inspection is wildly divergent.

 
Spud McLaren
1144721.  Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:51 am Reply with quote

Stefan Linnemann wrote:
Spud McLaren wrote:
As an aside - is a proconsul a sul who can't make up his mind?
Exactly! By the way, "sul" is Dutch for "doofus".
Well, that's perfect.

 
Stefan Linnemann
1145948.  Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:14 pm Reply with quote

Decompose: to critique a piece of music by reducing it to its components, and in the process destroy/ignore any and all qualities of the piece as a whole. "Decomposer" is used as a synonym for music critic.

 
PDR
1145950.  Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:22 pm Reply with quote

Distress becomes Entress - to put on a toupee.

Which I guess makes Distress "to remove a toupee", and Intress "desirable accommodations for mites".

From Re-articulate we get Dis-articulate, which would mean "To translate a text into Russian".

PDR

 
Stefan Linnemann
1147218.  Sun Aug 30, 2015 2:38 pm Reply with quote

Exdecent: flaunting common decency rules as irrelevant or obsolete.

Peridecent: Hesitantly giving in to a desire to break away from perceived decency constraints.

Metadecent: being unaware and unconcerned of any decency requirements, like toddlers running around naked in the backyard.

 

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