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"Ish" is a recently derived word (free root) conveying a sense of "so-so" or approximation. It is most commonly used as an adjective but occasionally as an adverb. I would not be at all surprised to see it appear in standard dictionaries within the next decade. Is there a term for the morphological process that derived the term "ish" from the derivational suffix "-ish"? Or is this an example of slang/colloquial usage?

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It's more of taking liberties with language, I'd say. Colloquialism is not quite the same as such "creativity". – Kris Jun 29 '12 at 14:03

Ish is listed in the OED as colloquial, first used 1986, and defined:

Qualifying a previous statement or description, esp. as a conversational rejoinder: almost, in a way, partially, vaguely.

It's also listed in at least some of these dictionaries, including Collins:

(slang) used to express reservation or qualified assent ⇒ Things are looking up. Ish

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