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Oh yeah.. Lingua::EN.. well now I feel dumb, maybe I wasn't searching for specifics. Still reading about these modules, I'm inspired to help out. I had a few ideas as far as word comparison. I'm not academically qualified as a linguist, but, there seems to be two different type of word roots: ones that are in our common lexicon and ones that are deeper into the etymological roots of the language.

Now how to find the roots without going too deep and how to distinguish between combining forms and regular suffixes/prefixes is the problem, since it isn't an exact science (at least not in it's simplest form)... quasi- is a combining form, not a prefix; mis- and anti- are prefixes. Then there are noun and verb combining forms vs. suffixes.

What a mess, who designed this language anyway? Gee, thanks a lot human history.. for providing the clean cut and well thought out natural languages that we have today. Talk about taking a legacy to the extreme! Sheesh. :)