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“Age”

No, this isn’t a discussion of how old we are, although a new year might prompt that feeling. Instead, it’s a discussion of “age” as a suffix. Here is how I started thinking about these letters.

While walking through several neighborhoods from October through December, it occurred to me that people sure do have a lot of yard decorations for the end-of-year holidays. Where do they keep all of this stuff? What kind of storage is needed to store a giant skeleton (often decorated) for Halloween? What about all of those blow-up yard decorations? (I figured out the answer to that last question from the deflated versions all over people’s front yards during the day 😉).

As those of you who know me might guess – this question started me on a weird path about words that end with “age.” Is this a common suffix? Oh, yes, it is!

SO . . . I wondered . . . what does this suffix mean? I did some online research and found this information:

According to etymonline.com and membean.com, this suffix comes from both French and Latin, meaning “to do something” if attached to a verb, as when “use” becomes “usage,” or “belonging to, related to,” if attached to a noun or adjective, as when “acre” becomes “acreage.”

Without looking at the Internet, I thought of some words that end in “age” as a suffix, other than “storage.” I am sure that I have omitted several – please add!

  • Average
  • Beverage
  • Cabbage
  • Carnage
  • Cottage
  • Damage
  • Dotage
  • Forage
  • [Pronounced with the emphasis on the ‘age’ syllable] – garage / montage / visage
  • Garbage
  • Hostage
  • Leverage
  • Manage
  • Mileage
  • Millage
  • Postage
  • Sewage
  • Suffrage
  • Tutelage
  • Village

Happy 2024, no matter your age! 🤗😄

p.s. I still want to know how those giant skeletons are stored! Let me know if you know!!

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