It’s something we all use every day, most of the time without even thinking about it.  Yet there it is, ruling and regulating our written and spoken words.  For the next three weeks, Grammar will be a subject, as well as the weekly story posts.

Affixation  Power of Words

This addition of beginnings and endings to words, while sometimes completely unnoticed is something to seriously consider. I’ve hardly ever thought about the prefixes and suffixes to words, and the reading pointed out some information that I previously hadn’t considered. The origins of the word we use designate how they are added on to, which is really cool, because it’s almost subconscious. We know how these words are used, the context and history of each, just from cultural uses and passed down knowledge. Even without being taught that the Latin words have bound roots, we know when one that is used in English doesn’t sound quiet right, and seem to always expect them to have two or more syllables (which they will as the reading pointed out.)

What I don’t quiet understand is how we know these things. Is it the same in all languages, or just English, because our words are such a hodge podge of other languages? Perhaps that’s something I will look further into. Other than all that, I think it’s important to consider what each prefix and suffix means, and how many meanings each one can have. The book used dis- are an example, pointing out that it can mean ‘apart’ or ‘not.’ Naturally, we know what dis- means when it’s attached to a word (nine out of ten times) but how would someone not native to English understand? And is it safe to use dis- to mean the negative of just about anything? For example, I’d be tempted to say disengage (usually meaning to turn off or stop) if an engagement between two people was broken. Would this technically be correct, since they are now apart?

So much to think about, so many different ways to look at something that was before just assumed and understood. I have to love new knowledge and perspectives.

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