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I would say it is mainly the Latin suffix -ia for names of countries as in Italia, Hispania (Spain), Graecia (Greece), Germania. -(i)a is the femine ending for adjectives. The full name of countries was "terra Italia", word for word "earth/country Italian". As terra is a feminine noun the adjectives also have the feminine ending. -ia may have a connection ...


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The Chicago Manual of Style and Associated Press Stylebook both say to leave out the ordinals. However, since the ordinal is nearly always pronounced when the date is read, I think this seems absurd. Searching around the internet has not revealed any reason to leave out the ordinal beside an appeal to these authorities. I have no idea why they think this is ...


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"-agnosis" is an appropriate suffix for being ignorant about something, and is far more appropriate in descrbing people who loathe something because they are ignorant (or, "un-knowing") about it. In regards to the general lack of understanding non-gays have about non-heterosexuals, it is a very appropriate suffix ... and the toot of most fear and prejudice ...


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The -y and -ie suffix is not only used for diminutives, but also for pet names (e.g. aunty) and other "cute" words. This last use hasn't made it into most dictionaries, but it's clearly how selfie relates to self. foodie appears to use this sense, and perhaps also some of the sense through which hip relates to hippie. A more general term for these types of ...


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It is an alternative spelling of y whose usage dates back to the 16th century: -ie alternative spelling of -y; now mostly of -y (3), but formerly of others. Use with common nouns seems to have begun in Scottish with laddie (1546) and become popular in English due to Burns' poems, but the same formation appears to be represented much earlier in ...


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Concerning whether or not to use the possessive, such as Maxwell's equations: Perhaps the possessive is used when the noun is particulate and can be plural. When it is a class noun that stays singular, the -ian suffix works.



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