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Wednesday, December 07, 2011


I was enjoying a nice bit of reflexology yesterday, and it occurred to me that "tract" is really very versatile as a root word. You can stick all kinds of prefixes and suffixes on it, and the meanings go all over the place. Consider:

tract-or, -ion
con-tract-or, -ion
pro-tract-or, -ion
ex-tract-or, -ion
de-tract-or, -ion
sub-tract-or, -ion

Also, technically, shouldn't addition be called supertraction?


Anonymous Lekhni said...

There is also at-tract-or,-ion.

(Merriam Webster assures me that "attractor" is a word. I had my doubts. )

10/10/2012 7:53 AM  

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