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

From:Tristan McLeay <zsau@...>
Date:Friday, January 16, 2004, 10:43
On Fri, 16 Jan 2004, Andreas Johansson wrote:

> Tangentially, is the ending -on occuring on so many particle-names (proton, > 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.] -- Tristan