Emma_85 wrote:Did this a- come from the Greek alpha privativum?
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benissimus wrote:I hate when people add the prefix "a-" before words of LATIN origin to negate the word. Why did they have to invent "amoral" when "immoral" was just fine?!
The Oxford Dictionary of New Words lists aliterate ("can read, but prefers not to" ), which is distinct from illiterate ("can't read").
as for "atypical", isn't "typical" descended from the greek tupos? in that case, the a- would be perfectly normal.
My dictionary says: not, without.
L from Gr, used chiefly with words of L or Gr origin.
Emma_85 wrote:Yes, I think it's from tupos, too. But there's no entry for atupos in my Greek dictionary , whereas there is one atheos for example. I suppose the a- is perfectly normal here though, cause it's of Greek origin .
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