If It Ain't Yet Broke, Don't Prefix It
L. Sprague deCamp once wrote a story called "The Hibited Man" in which he played with the idea that there is a word for 'inhibited' and 'uninhibited' but what meaning would the root word have? Hibited? How does exhibited fit into this continuum?
There are other words that seem to exist only in their prefixtual form or only with certain prefixes.
This being Christmas season, one such word is "redeem." What does it mean to be "deemed" and is "redeemed" to be read as "deemed again"? What of "predeemed" - perhaps to indicate the Elect of Calvinism. Exdeem, undeem, subdeem, the possibilities are endless.
We can postpone a matter, but can we prepone it? Repone it? For that matter can we pone it?
We can presume, subsume, assume. Can we ever actually sume? What about postsume or supersume? Should Stanley have said, after the identity had been verified, "Dr. Livingstone, I postsume"?
Any more examples, folks?
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