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Scorpio 23: A bunny metamorphosed into a fairy

Scorpio 23: A bunny metamorphosed into a fairy

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Scorpio 23: A bunny metamorphosed into a fairy
T h e w o r d b un ny a p p e a r s t o h a v e e n t e re d t h e E n g l i sh l a n g u a g e a s a d i m i n u t i ve o f t he S c o t t i s h d i a l e ct i c a l b u n a p e t n a m e f o r a ra b b i t . 1 U l t i ma t e l y, i t c o u l d d e r i v e f r o m t h e S c ot t i s h b u n ( t a i l o f a h a r e ) o r f r o m t h e F r e n c h b o n. T h e p r e f i x met a- de s c e n d s f r o m t h e I n d o - E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o o t m
Scorpio 23: A bunny metamorphosed into a fairy
T h e w o r d b un ny a p p e a r s t o h a v e e n t e re d t h e E n g l i sh l a n g u a g e a s a d i m i n u t i ve o f t he S c o t t i s h d i a l e ct i c a l b u n a p e t n a m e f o r a ra b b i t . 1 U l t i ma t e l y, i t c o u l d d e r i v e f r o m t h e S c ot t i s h b u n ( t a i l o f a h a r e ) o r f r o m t h e F r e n c h b o n. T h e p r e f i x met a- de s c e n d s f r o m t h e I n d o - E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o o t m

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Scorpio 23: A bunny metamorphosed into a fairy
The word
bunny
appears to haveentered the English language as adiminutive of the Scottish dialectical
bu
 a pet name for a rabbit.
1
Ultimately, it could derive from the Scottish
bu
(tail of a hare) or from the French
bon.
 The prefix
meta-
descends from theIndo-European (IE) root 
me-2
which
means “in the middle of” and from the
Greek 
meta 
 
which means “between, with,beside, after.”
2
This prefix has many
meanings including “later in time; at a later stage of development;situated behind; change; and alternation” but it has no
paronyms.
3
 The suffix
-morph
descends from the IE root 
[merph-
which means
“form.”
4
Paronyms include the prefix
morpho- 
, the suffix
– 
form 
, and thewords
morpheme, formation, formant, format, formula, conform, inform, platform, reform, transform 
, and
uniform 
.The word
fairy
is a derivative of the IE root 
bha-2
 
which means “tospeak” and from which also descend
fable, fabulous, fate, fay, affable,ineffable, infant, infantry, preface, prophet, ban, banal, abandon, banish,contraband, bandit, boon, bee, fame, famous, euphemism, phonetic,anthem, symphony,
the suffix
 
– 
 phony,
the prefix
phono-, confess, blame,
and
blaspheme.
 
THEMES: 
There are several integrating themes among the abovekeywords, roots, and paronyms. Firstly, note that 
confess 
(a paronym of 
fairy
) and
inform 
(a paronym of 
metamorphosed
) both take the words
1 http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=bunny2 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 51
3
http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/meta-
4 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 555 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 7
 
Starling Hunter © 2011 2
CONCEAL
,
HIDE
, and
SECRET
as antonyms. Secondly, the word
 preface 
(aparonym of 
fairy
) and the prefix
meta-
have opposite meanings. Theformer is something introductory while the latter refers to things laterin time or situated behind. Thus, there is a theme here of things that come
BEFORE
and
AFTER
.Another theme concerns things associated with
SOLDIERS
. The term
infantry 
is a paronym of 
fairy
that refers
the branch of an army made upof units trained to fight on foot.
6
The
uniform 
is a paronym of 
metamorphosed
and refers to
a distinctive outfit intended to identifythose who wear it as members of a specific group.
It is customary, of course, that soldiers wear
uniforms 
.A third theme concerns NEW-BORNS. The word
infant 
is a paronym of 
fairy
and means
a child in the earliest period of life, especially beforehe or she can walk.
7
The word
formula 
is a paronym of 
metamorphosed
 and one of its many different definitions is
a liquid food for infants,containing most of the nutrients in human milk.
8
 A fourth theme concerns
LINGUISTICS
. The words
morpheme 
and
morphology 
are both paronyms of 
metamorphosed
. The former refers to
a meaningful linguistic unit consisting of a word
that cannot bedivided into smaller meaningful parts
while the latter refers to
thestudy of the structure and form of words in language or a language,including inflection, derivation, and the formation of compounds.
 Similarly, the prefix
 phono- 
is a paronym of 
fairy
, as are the words
 phonetics 
(the branch of linguistics that deals with the sounds of speech),
 phoneme 
(the smallest phonetic unit in a language that iscapable of conveying a distinction in meaning)
 ,
and
morphophonemics 
(the changes in pronunciation undergone by allomorphs of morphemesas they are modified by neighboring sounds)
6
http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/infantry
7
http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/infant
8
http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/formula

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