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-bot[edit]

Not a suffix, just bot as the final part of several compound words. Mglovesfun (talk) 00:06, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

I'm confused. Isn't that what a suffix is? suffix (plural suffixes)

1. (linguistics) one or more letters or sounds added at the end of a word to modify the word's meaning, such as able, which changes sing into singable, for example —This comment was unsigned.

Not just any letters though; rework isn't re suffixed with -work. --Mglovesfun (talk) 09:17, 19 April 2011 (UTC)
If deleting this, please move the derived terms to bot. Equinox 22:09, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

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Keep. - -sche (discuss) 08:30, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
Kept for no consensus.--Jusjih 10:04, 1 November 2011 (UTC)


Fish suffix[edit]

There is another common usage of this suffix, for fish, that should be included here and probably in Category:English words suffixed with -bot. i.e. burbot and turbot from French. Maybe jabot also has similar French roots. And there is heilbot in Dutch (this root is mentioned on bot under Dutch and West Frisian). John Vandenberg (talk) 09:56, 21 March 2016 (UTC)

Not everything that comes at the end of a word is a suffix: this would seem to be a noun used in compounds, like the "fish" in flatfish. Chuck Entz (talk) 13:11, 21 March 2016 (UTC)
Very true. I'm not familiar enough with the relevant grammars, and I am not a dictionary/linguistics geek so I am not familiar with the line in the sand between compound and suffix. Apologies in advance for this.
Assuming it is just a compound, how would we describe on bot that burbot and turbot are derived terms?
On fish we can mention that flatfish is derived from the English 'fish'.
But on bot, I dont believe we can add an English meaning of 'fish', with which we might mention that burbot and turbot are derived, because 'bot' is never used on its own to mean 'fish' in English. So I assumed that 'turbot' cant be a compound because 'bot' (in this meaning) is not a real word in English.
This is in contrast to the Dutch section of bot, where we do have a meaning of 'fish', and tarbot (tarbot vs turbot) is appropriately listed as derived. John Vandenberg (talk) 15:37, 21 March 2016 (UTC)