Questions tagged [suffix]

A suffix is an element of a language that is added to the end of a word.

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What does -usa suffix mean in town names?

On Sicilia there are a number of towns or cities that end with "usa". Examples include: Ragusa, Siracusa, and Ravanusa. Does "usa" mean anything specific, like burgh (Pittsburgh) or ville (...
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Formazione di sostantivi derivati da verbi: uso dei suffissi

Sostantivi che rappresentano la messa in atto di un'azione, e quindi di un verbo, sono ottenuti mediante l'aggiunta di un suffisso alla radice del verbo. I suffissi sono vari e abbiamo quindi, volendo ...
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'tangentopoli', 'concorsopoli', 'sanitopoli', and so on

I observed that Italian journalists use to coin new words using the suffix '-poli', as in tangentopoli, sanitopoli, concorsopoli and so on. I cannot think of a case in which those new words, which ...