Word sans-prefix is word no more?
March 23, 2012 10:44 AM Subscribe
What are some English words that contain a prefix, but the root is either not a word or is substantially unrelated to the prefixed word?
posted by Geppp to Writing & Language (36 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
My friends and I were talking wondering this question earlier. For example, the word disgruntle with out the prefix is gruntle
, which is basically the opposite of disgruntled. We are looking for words in the form of [prefix][root] where [root] has nothing or little to do with the prefixed word.
The closest we have, kind of, is "overwhelm" or "underwhelm", but the root, whelm
seems at least pretty related to the word itself. Words that are basically associated with their prefixed word and where the root fallen out of favor with modern English are welcome too (I think [dis]gruntle falls into that category)