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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’.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.