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Re: Offensive stress (was: those irregular prepositions)

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Friday, June 23, 2006, 20:52
>caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@... schrieb:
>> Actually, in this expression, "con" is short for >> "contra" which does mean "against." It has nothing >> to do with "with," except in its derivation: contra >> < a PIE suffixed form *kom-tra.
>Steven Williams <feurieaux@...> wrote:
>Oh, really? I had no idea. I thought they were two >distinct lexemes, 'con' and 'contra', and that 'con' >was the form of 'cum' used in prefixes and such.
>What did *tra mean in PIE?
You got me! The AHD PIE appendix doesn't say. It does that a lot. I, too, would like to know its origin. Did someone just pick it out of the air ("I know. Let's add "-tra" to "cum," pronounce it "contra" & let it mean "against"!) or does it, too, have a known etymology? Charlie ___________________________________________________________ Telefonate ohne weitere Kosten vom PC zum PC: --- End forwarded message ---


Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>Contra (was: Offensive stress (was: those irregular prepositions)