One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The addition of a letter or syllable to a word in particular contexts (e.g. n in an) or as a language develops (e.g. t in peasant).
- ‘Metaplasms that add letters or sounds are called prosthesis, epenthesis, and paragoge.’
- ‘The first part will analyze the development of word-final epenthesis, or paragoge, in Sranan.’
Mid 16th century: via late Latin from Greek paragōgē ‘addition, derivation’, from para- ‘alongside’ + agōgē ‘carrying’.
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