Shared Prefixes Quiz #2

Each pair of words starts with the same prefix. Guess the prefix.
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Last updated: December 4, 2019
First submittedOctober 4, 2011
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Words
Pyrotechnic, Pyromaniac
Bicycle, Biped
Zooplankton, Zookeeper
Miniskirt, Minivan
Democracy, Demography
Malodorous, Malfeasance
Contraband, Contraception
Words
Neolithic, Neonatal
Geothermal, Geodesic
Multicultural, Multigrain
Interchange, Interloper
Stepladder, Stepbrother
Downgrade, Downtrodden
Foreground, Forefather
Words
Amphitheater, Amphibious
Synapse, Syntax
Nonfactor, Nondairy
Circumscribe, Circumnavigate
Counterpunch, Counterweight
Dismount, Disrobe
Telegram, Telecommute
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Level 82
Oct 5, 2011
What about deband and deception?
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Level 66
Oct 14, 2020
Deband not a word (although debanding is)
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Level ∞
Oct 5, 2011
I actually used a computer program to generate these, so it's unlikely that there are any oversights. Deband isn't in my dictionary. Are you thinking of disband?
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Level 24
Oct 6, 2011
How could I not get Miniskirt and Minivan?! :(
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Level 57
Oct 13, 2011
Dammit! Wrote 'amphi' without the h..
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Level 58
May 26, 2014
I read dairy as "diary", and I had no word that ended in "diary", let alone one that matched with factor.
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Level 82
Feb 15, 2016
"Holy ground" and "holy father" anyone? Although I do know it's not an acceptable answer, I had to try.
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Level 79
Mar 22, 2016
I tried it too! Though I have to admit, those are both two-word phrases.
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Level 59
Mar 29, 2016
Flashed to SpongeBob to think of something having to do with Plankton and I never seen one episode of plankton in a zoo. But, I did seen an episode of Futurama with the ZooKeeper. The point I am trying to make, or the take-away from all of this, The bullet point if you may, is that I watch a lot of cartoons.
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Level 67
Apr 17, 2020
Maybe you are joking, but the "zoo" in zooplankton does not directly have anything to do with a zoo (as in the one there are zookeepers) zoo as in the park is actual short for zoological park/garden, a place where animals could be studied. Zoo comes from greek meaning animal (and -logy is the study of). So to be clear, zooplankton is not plankton specifically to be found in zoos

On a sidenote, for me it feels slightly weird to see it without extra indication of pronunciation. We write it as zoölogy so it is clear it is not zool-ogy but zoo-o-logy.

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Level 72
Nov 1, 2016
"bious" isn't a word, so amphi- in this case is not a prefix.
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Level 55
Nov 7, 2016
This could actually apply to alot of these words. It comes from Greek ἀμφί ‎(amphí) + βίος ‎(bíos, “life”). Today, however, these would be considered as either cranberry morphs, meaning when a morpheme appears to exist but doesn't (for example -mit in remit, transmit, commit, submit etc., or -bious in amphibious), or unpaired words, where the existence of a particular affix (for example non-) makes it seem as though an antonym should be formed upon its removal, but isn't (for example nonplussed and *plussed or nonchalant and *chalant). I suppose you can hence say that 'amphi-' is a prefix just as much as, say, 'bi-' or 'mal-' (you're not using 'ped' or 'feasance' anymore either), in that they were once formed from productive means whereas now they are just fossilised but the affixational morphology is still clear.
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Level 66
Jun 16, 2020
That was very enlightening. thank you!
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Level 50
Jun 16, 2020
This reminds me of the archaic "nocent" (opposite of innocent).
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Level 71
Nov 1, 2016
Autocracy and autography?
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Level 67
Nov 5, 2018
Yeah, this could count. They are both real words.
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Level 67
Oct 29, 2019
Tried this too
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Level 63
Jun 18, 2020
I tried this one too :)
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Level 39
Sep 14, 2017
how about tri-
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Level 67
Nov 5, 2018
I've never heard of a triped. Tripod, sure, but not triped.
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Level 82
Jul 15, 2019
i saw a dog come out of a vet once which was best described as a triped.
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Level 67
Oct 7, 2019
Missed; zoo, multi (should have gotten that one), down, syn (could help to think about taxes) and non. I was about to look nondairy up, because I wanted to say I have never heard of it and wondered what it could mean, but then it dawned, ow do they mean non-dairy? It is weird without a hyphen.
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Level 50
Nov 13, 2019
I've never heard of nondairy or nonfactor. Regional terms perhaps.
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Level 45
Jun 20, 2020
I've usually only seen non-dairy as a hyphenated word.
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Level 73
Jun 16, 2020
Pornocracy and pornography are both existing words
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Level 83
Jun 16, 2020
I'm not sure if living in a pornocracy would be a good or bad thing.
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Level 62
Jun 18, 2020
I never remember seeing Amphitheater written with that first h, but now that I look it up, apparently, I have been spelling it wrong this entire time.
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Level 60
Oct 14, 2020
20/21. Frustrating.