Questions tagged [word-formation]

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Why the D is silent in Fidgety?

There are a lot of word’s letters that can’t be pronounced, like The D in Fidgety, the K in know, and the H in hour. Is there a rule or something that I most follow to know it.
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Why people say ‘a racehorse’ and ‘a racing car’?

A horse bred and trained for taking part in racing is termed a racehorse, while a car made for taking part in racing is called a racing car. Could anyone figure out any reason for this apparent ...
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A three room house but a three headED dog

Why doesn't A three room house have the "ed" ending while A three-headED dog has?
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Why do we say “a one-legged man”, with a final -ed, but also say “a one-person job” without?

Why do we say "a one-legged man", with a final "-ed", but also say "a one-person job" without the "-ed"? We also say: A two-minute walk. A six-hour flight. But then we say: A green-eyed ...
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Is “or” in the word “doctor” a suffix?

Is "or" in the word "doctor" a suffix like "or"s in "inventor" or "actor", or not? I've seen some people taking an example of "doctor" to explain the suffix "-or". If it should be a suffix, "doct" ...
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Is using word “discriminatable” wrong? [closed]

Is it totally incorrect to use word "discriminatable"?
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Word formation of fold?

I saw this sentence this morning and I don't know which word I should put ... world's worst ________ environmental disaster. (fold) I know one form of fold is folding but it seems not suitable in ...
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Is there any pattern or logic in word formation?

Is there any pattern or logic in word formation? For instance: Suppose we have the verb "associate" its meaning is: "to relate two things, people, etc" now the noun of that verb is "association" but ...
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Compounding of — teakettle

I came across the word — teakettle — and couldn’t figure out what it meant, until I came to a realization that it was two words in one that is. So why is that? Why are the two combined to name one ...
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“Restlessnessfullness” or “Restlessfullness” or combining words

I was pondering over this for some time: We have a word "restlessness" which means "impatience" in most cases or sometimes "fidgetiness". We have a word "fullness" (fulness) which mostly means "...
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Gimme, gotcha, and goeth

I wouldn't want to separate this question so I ask. Where do such words come from? Is there a story of how they appear in speech. I know that "gimme" means "give me", "gotcha" means "got you", and "...
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Why is it that a noun can be added with -ed?

The question is raised from the viewpoint of a foreign language learner. -ed is known to be added to a verb to mean past tense or past participle, but some phrases like four-legged animals, winged ...
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Person with a long forelock

How can I call a person who has a long forelock? I've tried to add suffix but I'm not sure about it. "Forelock" in Russian is "chelka" and a person with long forelock we can call "chelkastyy". Is ...
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How would I properly say that I already went last year?

This is is a formal internship application letter. What I'm trying to say is that the same shebang happened last year, and I got to go and it was great. Is this sentence correct? "I had already ...
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Why is it “Deadpool”, not “Dead Pool”?

I have watched the movie Deadpool. I found the name quite interesting and read the following article about its origin. As explained in the movie, Deadpool takes his name from the “dead pool” at ...