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 dictionary.com,
1. Subatomic particle: baryon.
2. Unit; quantum: photon.
2. Basic hereditary unit: codon.
(Electron is claimed to be derived from electr(ic) + -on1)
Inert gas: radon.
[New Latin, from (arg)on.]
A chemical compound that is not a ketone or a compound that contains
oxygen in a carbonyl group: parathion.
[Alteration of -one.]