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371: -nado, -holic, -pocalypse: Combining Forms (Live Q&A)

371: -nado, -holic, -pocalypse: Combining Forms (Live Q&A)

Update: 2019-07-16
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Take a tornado. Add some sharks. You've got a sharknado.

But it's not just sharks that can leap out of their normal context. It looks like "-nado" is jumping free and becoming a combining form — a part of a word that is becoming its own productive morpheme, as in "firenado".

What others are there? We'll find out on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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371: -nado, -holic, -pocalypse: Combining Forms (Live Q&A)

371: -nado, -holic, -pocalypse: Combining Forms (Live Q&A)

Daniel Midgley and Hedvig Skirgård