Autobiography: Volume One (1975-1993)
Autobiography: Volume One (1975-1993)

Ryan Haley

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repr. Gr. ????- ‘self, one's own, by oneself, independent-ly,’ combining form of ????? self. Exceedingly common in Gr.; in L. only in a few words adopted from Gr. without analysis, as autochthones, autographus, automatus; more common in med.L.; and largely used in the mod. langs. In Eng., to a certain extent, a living element, prefixable to scientific terms denoting action or operation, whence occasionally to others, in combinations that are more or less nonce-words. In free composition as a prefix element, its chief meanings are: (a) of oneself, one's own; self-; (b) self-produced or -induced (pathologically) within the body or organism; (c) spontaneous, self-acting, automatic.

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abdominizer

bancassurance 

beat-down

bifer

B-lister

blokeishness

boxaerobics

Britpopper

buckyball

channel grazing

C-lister

clopidogrel

cosmo

couply

crowd-surfing

Cyberia

dickwad

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About the Author

Ryan Haley
Ryan Haley is the editor of Ugly Duckling Presse's Lost Literature Series. He is a librarian in the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs at the Stephan A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library.