Abbreviating Principle – Simplified

I have a few questions about the Abbreviating Principle in
Simplified.
Regarding the groups of words in families, from what I have
read on the blog and in the books, I think there are 15 family groups, but I am
not sure if I’ve missed any:
  1. -cate/-quate:
    indic(ate), loc(ate), duplic(ate), educ(ate), adeq(uate).
  2. -cide/-side:
    deci(de), besi(de), outsi(de),.
  3. -gate:
    deleg(ate), navig(ate).
  4. -iety:
    vari(ety), soci(ety).
  5. -iferous:
    vocif(erous), conif(erous).
  6. -itis:
    tonsili(tis), arthri(tis).
  7. -iverous:
    carniv(erous).
  8. -ntic:
    frant(ic), romant(ic).
  9. -ology:
    apol(ogy), geol(ogy).
  10. -quent:
    eloq(uent), freq(uent).
  11. -quire:
    acqui(re), requi(re).
  12. -titude:
    attit(ude), gratit(ude), aptit(ude).
  13. -titute:
    constit(ute), substit(ute).
  14. -tribute:
    trib(ute), distrib(ute).
  15. -use:
    excu(se), refu(se), accu(se), abu(se), confu(se).
Is this right?
Also, the dictionary shows the same form for “eloquence” as
it does for “eloquent”
(e l o k), and for “consequence” and ”consequent” (k s e k);
would these be listed together with -quent like this: -quent/-quence, or are
these just derivatives?
Next question: I have been trying to find words not in
families in the dictionary, other than those listed in the books. So far I have
only found “melancholy” (m e l a n) and its derivatives; are there any more?
Many thanks.
3 comments Add yours
  1. I think that the family groups are right, except for -iverous which should be -ivorous. "Elo-quent/ce" should be in the -quent/ce family (it's the same outline) — a derivative would be "consequential." For your last question, the best way to do this is to go to the post Abbreviating Principle, read my reply where I detailed all of the words in the Anniversary and 1916 dictionaries that follow the AP by classes, and check each one of those entries with the Simplified dictionary. It is unlikely that a word that was written in full in Anniversary would be written using the Abbreviating Principle in Simplified, so my suggestion should work.

    I hope this is helpful.

  2. Thanks for the link to the other post.

    I have amended my notes of lists of the family groups to show:

    7. -ivorous: carniv(orous), herbiv(orous), omniv(orous).
    10. -quent/-quence: eloq(uent), eloq(uence), freq(uent).

    Regarding word not in family groups, I now have three lists:

    (1) “In the Manual”:

    alphabet, anniversary, arithmetic, atmosphere, convenient/convenience, preliminary, privilege, reluctant/reluctance, significant/significance.

    (2) “Additional to these, in the Most Used book”:

    algebra, curriculum, equivalent, memorandum/memoranda, philosophy.

    (3) “Additional to these, based on Carlos’ lists, & found in the Simplified dictionary”:

    melancholy, perpendicular.

    I wasn’t able to find any others.

    Thanks again.

    1. You're welcome. It's too bad that Simplified and later series eliminated most of these. In my opinion, writing using the abbreviating principle is one of the most efficient and speedy ways of writing!

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