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    prefix meanings

    my daughter needs to know what the bi prefix in biscuit stands for? we know generally that bi as a prefix means two but we are not sure about biscuit as we think its bis not bi the prefix and need to know what the difference is

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    Re: prefix meanings

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    my daughter needs to know what the bi prefix in biscuit stands for? we know generally that bi as a prefix means two but we are not sure about biscuit as we think its bis not bi the prefix and need to know what the difference is
    The word "biscuit", though now English, comes from French and means "twice cooked" - "bis" (again) "cuit" (cooked). Originally from Latin "bis coctus" also meaning "twice cooked". So, in this case, it is "bis" and not "bi" that means two.

    I'm not that au fait with French, but I think "bis" means "again" rather than "twice". I'm told that, strangely enough, the French shout "Bis!" and not "Encore" at the end of stage performances!

    I'm sure one of our French speakers can add to this.

    buggles (not a teacher)


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    Re: prefix meanings

    Absolutely correct. A good etymological dictionary would have shown this.

    Online Etymology Dictionary

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