Thursday, 15 November 2012

11 Creative Suffixes That Inspire New Words

People love coining new words. And they love making good use of them - for a while anyway. Romnesia, bromance, adultescence, and Frankenstorm are just a few of the creative blends that have recently made it big but probably won’t stick around. Sometimes, however, a coinage is so apt and useful that it does stick.

When that happens, we sometimes get more than just one new word; we get a new kind of word ending, one that goes on to a long, productive career in word formation. For example, 'Workaholic' is a creation of the late 60s that led to everything from chocoholic to sleepaholic to Tweetaholic. Here are 11 word endings that have become productive to varying degrees.

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