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Compare 'A process for dekinking the hair' (OED: 1957) with 'Gradually my soul began to unkink' (OED: 1972). Further privative un- verbs include unburden, uncork, unmask, unmuzzle. There are a few long-established verbs prefixed by dis-, such as disarm, disbar, disburden, disforest, displace, but post1800 formations are rare: discompanion: 'A youth, fresh from college and suddenly discompanioned at home' (OED: 1883), disillusion; dismarket: 'The Court proposed to dismarket the two existing Leadenhall markets' (OED: 1878).

Performative' bore, coach, cook, guide, sweep, 'instrumental' catch, drill, lift, hoist, 'locative' haunt, hide, lounge, pass, retreat, stop and 'resultative' bake, brew, burn, dump, haul. Four suffixes, -cr, -or, -cc and -ant form count nouns. 1), but more have verbal bases. They denote entities of various kinds connected in various ways with events. They most often name performers of actions, like builder, programmer, surfer, racer, retriever, warbler, or instruments crucially involved in actions, as in blender, digger, jammer, ionizer, mixer, steamer, tourer, toaster.

2). Deverbal adjectives suffixed by native -y have monosyllabic, usually native bases: boomy, bouncy, choosy, clingy, dangly, floaty, growly, gushy, jumpy, picky, punchy, pushy, scary, weepy, wiggly, yappy. 3): 'a thoroughly chewed bone'. 1), 'unheard melodies'. Objective deverbal adjectives may be suffixed by Latin-derived -able. They can usually be glossed with a modal expression: 'can be VERB-ed', 'should be': censorable: 'My remarks ... were highly censorable' (OED: 1966), 'must be': payable, 'is likely to be': murderable: 'a man who is murderable is a man who ...

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