*cue theme song* And now it’s time once again for Andrew’s word of the week.
Agglutination: the process of adding affixes to a word root to change meaning.
My very intellectual linguistic wife will be proud of thisÂ week’s wordÂ because I picked up yet another tidbit from her cryptic linguistic geek-speak.Â
English does this when you add a suffix or prefix to a word to change it’s meaning. Disassemble for example is the opposite of assemble when you add the prefix “dis” making it an agglutination. Destroy is not an agglutinationÂ because “stroy” is not a morpheme by itself. So that is almost the extent of my linguistic knowledge. Refer to my wife for more cryptic gobbledygook on the forming of languages.