back-formation


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a word invented (usually unwittingly by subtracting an affix) on the assumption that a familiar word derives from it

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Explaining various etymologies, word histories, word creations and word deaths, they cover such topics as baby talk, back-formations, neologisms, nonce words, euphemisms, prefixes and suffixes.
In other words, "[a]uthor's rights will thus appear as back-formations within the development of industrial copyright" (44).