IN a recent comment, Pete shared this thought

Thinking about all of this brought me back to my friend's statement about the "agony" of the process of writing in contrast to the joy that so often characterizes the process of investigating words.

 

Just seeing the word <agony> in quotations made me want to understand it better! Here is what I have put together thus far:

 

prot

 

ant

 

 

agon

“struggle, contest”

 

 

 

ist

ic

s

ize

 

ing

es

ed

 

y

es

ed

fr. Gr. agon “assembly for a contest”

 

<prot> is the combining form of <proto->

<ant> is the combining form of <anti->

A few word sums:

prot + agon + ist ---> protagonist

ant + agon + ist --->antagonist

ant + agon+ ist + ic ---> antagonistic

ant + agon + ize --->antagonize

agon + y --->agony

agon + ize --->agonize

agon + ize + ing ---> agonizing

 

Mostly, I find this process purely joyful.  But even when it is a struggle, it certainly is worth it. 

And, as an aside,  I love the idea of the echo of the meaning of the root word. 

I welcome your feedback as always...

Erin

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