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Suffix for opposite of -genic (photogenic)
January 16, 2009 8:43 AM   Subscribe

There's a suffix that's the opposite of "-genic" (as in "photogenic"). What is it?

I read it somewhere, I know I did, but I can't find it anywhere, despite my strong google-fu.

Usage: "I say, old man, you're looking photo(mumble) today"
posted by lrivers to Writing & Language (21 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
Depending on context, of course, I thought it was "-phobic".
posted by Gular at 8:54 AM on January 16, 2009


Definitely not "-phobic" here--photophobic means sensitive to light.

My clunky answer would be "-preventive," (as an opposite of "-genic"--causing/generating) but I'm sure that's not what you're looking for.
posted by needs more cowbell at 9:04 AM on January 16, 2009


I don't think there is one for *genic, you would just add un to it, unphotogenic.
posted by zeoslap at 9:06 AM on January 16, 2009


-genic refers to creation, so how about -clastic, referring to destruction.
posted by mr_roboto at 9:07 AM on January 16, 2009 [4 favorites]


The OED thinks -genic is really a new use from the original meaning, which was "causing" or "giving rise to" (eg: "carcinogenic" = "causing cancer") although obviously we don't mean to say a photogenic person "causes light." And that first meaning seems to come from the idea of "genes", and the idea that something is "natural" (so this is a closer fit, we still have the expression "Hey, you're a natural!")

So I suppose a literal antonym might be a suffix that either means "stopping" / "not conducive to" or one that means "artificial" / "unnatural", although that's not exactly opposite (the meaning would change from "You naturally look nice in photos" to "You, through artifice and trickery, look nice in photos.")
posted by so_necessary at 9:08 AM on January 16, 2009


I don't know what term you're looking for, but I'd offer photomispilotic. The "mispilotic" part would mean "bad hair".
posted by alms at 9:09 AM on January 16, 2009 [6 favorites]


Yes, photoclastic sounds pretty good, I suppose it could mean "Hey, you ruined (/destroyed) that photo" as an opposite to "Hey, you really made that photo."
posted by so_necessary at 9:11 AM on January 16, 2009


"Unphotogenic" gets the job done.

"Photoresistant" is more stylish - but less exact.
posted by Joe Beese at 9:13 AM on January 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


How about allergenic. I say, old man, you look pretty photoallergenic today.
posted by cashman at 9:22 AM on January 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


I'd just stick with the mumble. Or a well-timed cough.

I say, old man, you're looking rather photo *hak kaff* today."
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 9:36 AM on January 16, 2009


-nemic?
posted by Artw at 10:48 AM on January 16, 2009


It doesn't really mean this but I think that 'phototoxic' would convey the opposite of 'photogenic'.
posted by sciencegeek at 12:01 PM on January 16, 2009


-antagonistic?
posted by K.P. at 12:17 PM on January 16, 2009


-averse
posted by pseudostrabismus at 12:32 PM on January 16, 2009


No, I'm pretty sure there isn't such a suffix. And not to be a wet blanket or anything, but you people who are making things up and/or cracking jokes are Not Answering the Question.

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posted by languagehat at 1:10 PM on January 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'd probably go with non-photogenic.

It's not terribly slick, but it gets the job done and is probably correct usage.
posted by Afroblanco at 3:51 PM on January 16, 2009


anti-
posted by Artw at 3:58 PM on January 16, 2009


You could scan these.
posted by WCityMike at 4:34 PM on January 16, 2009


Also, if -genic was being treated as others have pointed out — the original definition meaning "creating" (i.e. carcinogenic) — then I think -cidal would be the antonym suffix for it. Virogenic versus virucidal, etc.

Also, related query on another website.
posted by WCityMike at 4:41 PM on January 16, 2009


photicidal.

photocide.

I love this.
posted by Afroblanco at 10:03 PM on January 16, 2009


Like I said I’m pretty sure I read it somewhere (dialog in a book, maybe). Some genius is going to stumble across this and we’ll all be humbled.
posted by lrivers at 9:45 AM on January 23, 2009


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