Talk:un-

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huh?[edit]

This page just doesn't seem right. How can adding un- to a verb denote absence, violation, or contradiction? How can adding un- to a noun result in a verb of reversal, cancellation, or release? Uncar, undoor? (Cage is a verb, I remind you.) And what about adverbs, or do the ones in question always derive from the adjective? 59.112.58.55 17:29, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

I agree. This page makes very little sense. You can't prefix just any word with "un-" to negate it (as this page implies.) Words in Old English were perhaps negated this way, and many of them have carried over. But this page is more of an obeservation about some occurences of "un-" than actually specifying what rules dictate when it can be used. It should also caution against overuse; least the speaker/writer end up sounding "unliterate."  :-)   --Connel MacKenzie 01:45, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

How about systematic element names?[edit]

"un-" is used to stand for 1 when naming otherwise unnamed chemical elements. In other words, element 1,111 is ununununium until it is successfully synthesized and a name can be agreed on. Should this go under a Translingual section? 71.233.250.241 11:25, 25 February 2009 (UTC)

  • I've added a third section to the English part. Do you think that the etymology is correct, or does it come from unnamed? SemperBlotto 11:32, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
  • I switched it to a translingual section, since it's just a way to generate a name from a number(222 would be bibibium or some such); I'm not even sure it(or at least its constituent parts) merits mention in a dictionary. BioTube 01:28, 24 August 2009 (UTC)