the suffix -wise

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the suffix -wise

Postby Blake » 2005-05-05, 16:36

There seems to be an increase of words with the suffix -wise in English. What is the difference, if any, with the "older" words ending in -wise?

And does somebody have a clue why and how it is changing?
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Postby Dardallion » 2005-05-06, 8:26

Can you give an example of words with the ~wise suffix? I can only think of one of the top of my head - likewise.

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Postby Monomania » 2005-05-06, 15:32

Tweedledum (or was it Tweedledee?): 'Contrariwise'

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Re: the suffix -wise

Postby The Masked Unmasker » 2005-05-06, 16:11

Blake wrote:There seems to be an increase of words with the suffix -wise in English. What is the difference, if any, with the "older" words ending in -wise?

And does somebody have a clue why and how it is changing?


http://www.bartleby.com/64/C008/057.html
http://www.bartleby.com/64/C003/0304.html
http://www.yourdictionary.com/ahd/w/w0187300.html

Apparently, they have a clue.

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Postby Dardallion » 2005-05-07, 21:15

Monomania wrote:Tweedledum (or was it Tweedledee?): 'Contrariwise'


A poetic word that isn't used in serious works. :D


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