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Dear all

Can you tell me how to use '~holic' ?

Is it only noun that can add holic?

Thank you for your help in advance.
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shopaholic is quite common too.
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There's only two common uses of -holic and that's

alcoholic - someone addicted to alcohol

workaholic - someone who spends so much time at their work that they neglect other important areas of their life like their health or family

The only other one I can even think of is the slang 'chocoholic' which just means someone who really, really likes chocolate.
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Ah yes. Thank you.
Thank you very much for your replies.

It seem only nouns can add 'holic' but not all noun can add it. Am I right? Are

Which one has more extremely meaning between '~holic' and '~ addictive'?

How do I know when I must use noun+holic or noun+aholic?

For the above examples;

1.work+aholic

2.shop+aholic

3.chocolate can use both choc+aholic and choco+holic.

I'm sorry if it sounds nonsense. I'm just curious.
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Others have listed the most common words used with this suffix. But in theory, you could add '-aholic' or '-oholic' (take your pick on the spelling) to just about any verb and create your own word to say someone 'does (verb) a lot.' Note that some of these words might make a native speaker laugh, and probably most, if not all, have at least a slightly negative connotation. Here are some I've just made up using verbs to illustrate my point (I'm sure someone somewhere has used these before, so I don't claim to be the first):

talkaholic

fartaholic

quitaholic

lieaholic

Of course, these aren't words you'll find in a dictionary, but if you said them in the right context, a native speaker would understand what you were saying (and maybe laugh along with you at the person in question).

I've noticed something similar to this type of word invention taking place with the suffix -zilla, borrowed from the Godzilla of Japanese sci-fi movie fame. A character in the movie The Iron Giant warned a young boy against drinking espresso, referring to it as "coffeezilla." You could create words of your own this way, as well. "That baby over there is Screamzilla." Language is constantly evolving this way.
Can we use the word 'Strive with the word 'Aholic to make the meeting of someone who can't stop trying to achieve the Goal
ladder lime 546 Can we use the word 'Strive with the word 'Aholic to make the meeting of someone who can't stop trying to achieve the Goal

You can add 'oholic' ('aholic') to any other word you want.

Whether native speakers will find it amusing or not is another question.

Try it the next time you're in conversation with an English speaker, and see what happens. Emotion: smile

Personally, I think you should reserve the responsibility of adding new words to the English language for established journalists, novelists, poets, and playwrights. Assuming you are an English learner, you've already got your hands full learning the more than 100,000 words that already exist in the language. Emotion: surprise

CJ

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