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Re: USAGE: -on (was: Re: Ancient conlang)

From:Rob Haden <magwich78@...>
Date:Friday, January 16, 2004, 19:38
On Fri, 16 Jan 2004 05:39:03 -0500, Tristan McLeay <zsau@...>

>On Fri, 16 Jan 2004, Andreas Johansson wrote: > >> Tangentially, is the ending -on occuring on so many particle-names
>> muon, gluon, tachyon, et sim) simply generalized from 'electron', or is
it a
>> valid, so to speak, Greek affix for deriving nouns? > >It seems not: According to, >-on1 >suff. > > 1. > 1. Subatomic particle: baryon. > 2. Unit; quantum: photon. > 2. Basic hereditary unit: codon. > > >[From ion] > >(Electron is claimed to be derived from electr(ic) + -on1) > >-on2 >suff. > > Inert gas: radon. > > >[New Latin, from (arg)on.] > >-on3 >suff. > > A chemical compound that is not a ketone or a compound that contains >oxygen in a carbonyl group: parathion. > > >[Alteration of -one.]
Originally, Greek -on was the productive suffix for neuter nouns. It was generally used in deriving places and inanimate objects. Greek "photon," I believe, meant "particle of light" (from Gr. phws, stem phot- "light"). The word "elektron" is Greek for "amber." - Rob