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Can someone help me identify the below-described suffix. I feel I've seen it before, but I can't bring it to mind or locate it through my usual methods (i.e., search queries).

The suffix is added to the end of a person's name and denotes paraphernalia, collectibles, memorabilia or other items associated with that person. For example, if someone is obsessed with Richard Nixon, and owns a bunch of Nixon's old letters, belongings, who knows, clothes, tape recordings, etc., you might refer to this collection as Nixon + a suffix. Like -ica, or -ia. Nixonica. But that's not right, I don't think.

In any event, the effect might be facetious (or not). The suffix might also apply to items associated with a non-person, but I can't remember. It may also only work with certain names - for example, those that end in a consonant.

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  • "Nixonia" maybe? Thinking of "memorabilia." Sep 24, 2021 at 0:35
  • ew ... a Nixon obsession? Sep 24, 2021 at 17:46

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You have got to be looking for the suffix "-ana".

(SOED) -ana Forming plural nouns with the sense 'publications or other items concerning or associated with a person, place, or topic' as Americana, cricketana, railwayana, Shakespeariana, Victoriana.

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  • Yes - ana, or iana. That's the ticket! Thanks.
    – cruthers
    Sep 24, 2021 at 1:17
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A possible alternative to "ana" is "-alia", although it doesn't seem to be widely listed in dictionaries:

-alia
Suffix (forming plural nouns) denoting items associated with a particular area of activity or interest.
Example kitchenalia [Lexico]

and on affixes.org

-alia A collection or group ... sometimes with implications of triviality... [Affixes]

However, neither "kitchenalia" nor "-alia" as a suffix is listed in my 1975 copy of the Concise Oxford Dictionary (Edition 6).

To my ear I would use "Nixonalia" as a portmanteau for items collected because of an association with Nixon (but not "Nixonana"), but would collectively describe items typical of the Victorian era as "Victoriana".

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