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suf + fer + ing + s sufferings


Some semantic interpretations:

The bound base <fer> brings the orthographic denotation ‘bear, carry’ to any of the words it builds. That sense and meaning comes from the historical root of the word <suffer> and the other words represented by the matrix above. Can you discuss this meaning in relation to the word <suffer> in relation to climate change?

Some orthographic investigations include:

  • The word <suffering> uses the prefix <suf-> which is the assimilated form of the <sub-> prefix. Can you find the other assimilated prefix in this matrix.
  • Can you find the Latin prefix that I have included in this matrix?


This chart from Real Spelling shows default prefixes in black & bold, and the assimilated prefixes in red.