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Question 1: "Maffick" was a back-formation from Mafeking, a place-name that was treated humorously as a ________ or participle.
Preposition and postpositionArticle (grammar)NounGerund

Question 2: In Britain the verb burgle came into use in the 19th century as a back-formation from burglar (which can be compared to the ________ verb burglarize formed by suffixation).
North AmericaAmericas (terminology)South AmericaAmericas

Question 3: ________ mused that the English language would be richer if we could call a tidy-haired person shevelled – as an opposite to dishevelled.
Down Under (book)Notes from a Small IslandI'm a Stranger Here Myself (book)Bill Bryson

Question 4: The resulting ________ is called a back-formation, a term coined by James Murray[1] in 1897.
NeologismNonce wordEuphemismAcronym and initialism

Question 5: Many words came into English by this route: Pease was once a ________ but was reinterpreted as a plural, leading to the back-formation pea.
Count nounAdverbMass nounPreposition and postposition

Question 6: In etymology, back-formation is the process of creating a new lexeme (less precisely, a new "word") by removing actual or supposed ________.
AffixSimulfixInflectionHalkomelem language

Question 7: However, assets is originally not a plural; it is a ________ from Anglo-Norman asetz (modern French assez).
Turkish languageEnglish languageLoanwordGerman language

Question 8: Back formation may be similar to the reanalyses of ________ when it rests on an erroneous understanding of the morphology of the longer word.
False etymologyGerman languageSwedish languageDutch language


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