Overly

I wanted to write overly (as in “he was not overly tired”).

I wrote the usual o-hook above the line, and then the e-circle ON the line (e-circle as a word-ending indicating ‘ly’).  Thus ‘over’ + ‘ly’:

But it looks open to misinterpretation (though I cannot yet think what else it might mean).  I tried spelling it out more fully in various way, but that was worse, or more cumbersome.  I could not find the word in my dictionary.

If I need that word again, am I safe with my method?


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    1. Thanks Brian.  I feel reassured. 

      I tried my Simplified dictionary (after looking in the anniversary) but that did not have it either.  Perhaps I need more dictionaries!

  1. I'm surprised that the DJ dictionary has the e written on the line. Were I to try to write "overly", without looking it up first, I'd attach the e to the o, in analogy with things like "-cally".

    1. I agree with you – it's so much quicker without the pen-lift. The word is not very common in British English, so I can't remember needing to write it up till now, but I think it's how I'll write it when I do.

    2. The general rule of being able to combine affixes applies between prefixes and between suffixes, not between a prefix and a suffix. That's why the strokes in words like "overage" and "superior" are not written together. However, in your own writing, you can do whatever you want as long as you can transcribe it.

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