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    Episode 50: -ly (Adverbial Suffix)

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    The -ly suffix is a contraction hiding in plain sight. It is cognate with the word “like,” and indeed, it literally means “like.” “Sadly” is sad-like. “Madly” is mad-like. Amazingly, both “like” and “-ly” derive from a root word meaning “body or corpse.” Over the course of this episode, we try to make sense of this semantic evolution.