Talk:prefix

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Should have a link to Category:Prefixes[edit]

  • I think this page should have a link to Category:Prefixes or Appendix:Prefixes in a manner smiler to dablinks on Wikipedia, same with the artical suffix.--70.152.25.218 19:39, 1 July 2008 (UTC)
Done here, will do there. Conrad.Irwin 19:40, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

Noun[edit]

  1. That which is prefixed; especially one or more letters or syllables added to the beginning of a word to modify its meaning; as, pre- in prefix, con- in conjure.

That's not right. If I prefix write with re-, then write is prefixed, not re-. Mglovesfun (talk) 08:51, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

Prefices[edit]

While it's a plural I've used my whole life due to a misguided understanding that ALL words ending in -x were pluralised as -ces, is this an example of a hyperforeignism or hypercorrection? If the word comes from the Latin praefixus, that would make it a second declension noun... not one that swaps an -x for a -ces anyway... the -us to -i ending is already cut off before it reaches English. Has my Latin education shown my English education to have failed me? I don't want another octopi/octopodes situation on my hands. Ranting Martian 13:18, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

I'm having trouble finding praefixum as a noun in my pocket Latin dictionary, Lewis and Short and a French-Latin dictionary. But you seem to be right, the nominative plural would be praefixa wouldn't it? --Mglovesfun (talk) 13:28, 23 March 2011 (UTC)
<edit conflict> Are you sure that praefixus (or even praefixum) is a noun? We only have the participle, and it isn't in my Latin dictionary. SemperBlotto 13:31, 23 March 2011 (UTC)
The French dictionary that doesn't give it is here, my dictionary is the Collins Gem Latin Dictionary, and I can't find it in L&S either. Our etymology says it's Medieval Latin. --Mglovesfun (talk) 13:36, 23 March 2011 (UTC)
It's a noun use of the neuter form of a participle adjective (which was a common way of doing things when coining new Latin nouns in mediaeval Europe). As for the plural, prefices looks ridiculous to me, but I guess some people might use it. Ƿidsiþ 13:41, 23 March 2011 (UTC)