Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BeWare of the power of the suffix



Prefixes and suffixes are a natural and essential part of many languages, English included. 

The funny thing is that we often forget how productive or dynamic a suffix can be in making new words.


The suffix under discussion here is -WARE

From software to hardware, I came across some other words that form new words when you add the suffix. 

The images represent one of these words

                   
             

                                     



How helpful can this be when speaking? To answer the question, it might help to consider what -ware means in the first place.

Here are some definitions

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ware

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ware

http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/english/ware


Based on the definitions and examples, then ...

How would you refer to items that serve the same purpose or are of the same material? 

What other words can you "create" new words with -ware?

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