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by Bob Lipton
Quite a few of the OSW-only words starting with the letters PER are adjectives or interjections; as such, they don't take the -S hook. I'm talking about more than 50% of the total, which is a strikingly large percentage in view of the fact that a random sample of OSPD words does not exhibit this property. In other words, this anomaly is not attributable to the meaning of PER- per se.
Here's how they tally. In the left column are OSW-only words that do not take -S. In the right are OSW-only words that do. Listed separately are words that would not take an -S hook anyway because they are already plurals, or have endings such as -ITY.
No -S hook -S hook valid PERACUTE PERAEON PERCASE PERAI PERCEANT PERCE PERCEN PERCOLIN PERCINE PERE PERCINE PEREGAL PERCOCT PEREIRA PERDENDO PERIAGUA PERFAY PERIDOTE PERFET PERSICOT PERICON PERSWADE PERJINK PERIGONE PERSANT PERIOST PERSAUNT PERISHER PERSING PERKIN PERST PERN PERTUSE PERONE PERAEA PERRIER PERCHERY PERRUQUE PERCHINGS PERSICO PERIODED PERSUE PERIPLUS PERTAKE PERITI PERTHITE PERITUS PERTURBER PERLOUS PERONEUS PERRADII PERSEITY PERTAKEN PERTOOK PERTS
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