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    "in and of itself" What is the difference here?

    Hello, everyone.

    How would you understand the following sentence in bold?

    Words on -age are almost always beautiful; this is a lovely suffix in and of itself. The combination of the sonorants M and L with the breezy S sound makes assemblage a lovely word. This is the noun from the verb assemble. It has a less appealing sister, assembly, whose meaning is more restricted, referring only to an assemblage of people.
    I think the in itself bit means something like in its own way/right. But I can't work out the meaning of a lovely suffix of itself.

    Many thanks


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    Re: "in and of itself" What is the difference here?

    It means its beauty is complete and doesn't require anything more.

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