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Re: Contra (was: Offensive stress (was: those irregular prepositions)

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Saturday, June 24, 2006, 0:53
>Roger Mills <rfmilly@...> wrote:
>"Contra" looks to me like one of those Lat. prepositions derived from >(old) adjective(?) roots:-- super-/supra, inter-/intra, exter-/extra >etc., except there are no comparative/superlative forms from *conter- > (or are there? conterior, contremus???-- contrarius, yes)
I should have checked on this before writing my previous message. According to the "Cassells' New Latin Dictionary": "contra (from cum, as extra from ex). And then: extra (perhaps abl. f. sing. of exterus). And then: exter, exterus (from ex). It seem to be, rather, a preposition from an adjective from a preposition, with _contra_ eliminating the adjectival stage. Charlie