After spending a most informative and inspiring weekend with like-minded word enthusiasts, I came back to the classroom on April 1st. I love having light fun on this day, and tried to think of an appropriate prank to play on my students. I decided to convince them that over the weekend, I was given evidence that <tion> is indeed a suffix.
Anyone who follows this blog, knows that my students have investigated scads of words that appear to have the <tion> suffix only to find out that the <t> is really part of the base and NOT part of the suffix. We even created the game show video “Can You Prove It“. But like the contestant says in the video, “We haven’t checked every word ending with a <tion>, but in all of the words we HAVE checked, we have never found <tion> to be the true suffix.” If is often the final syllable, but never the suffix.
Well, it turned out to be a funny prank. Some students accepted the news as if they were expecting that one day we would find such a word. Others remained quiet, pondering this new information and trying to decide whether or not to believe it. Enjoy peeking in on our April Fool moment!