Prefixes are key morphemes in English vocabulary that begin words. I hope that today’s podcast on the prefix mega- will be a megahit, and so live “large” in your mind!
The word mega is often used by itself simply to mean something that is “large.” A megaphone makes someone’s voice sound “large” or very loud. You might find a megaphone for sale at a megastore, or very “large” store. In turn, such a megastore might be located in a megalopolis, or very “large” city or collection of cities which form one “large” urban area. Speaking of constructions, everyone has seen Stonehenge, which is made up of very “large” stones called megaliths.
Have you ever taken a megadose of megavitamins? If so, that would be a very “large” dose of some very “large” amounts of vitamins!
A computer “byte” consists of just enough memory or storage to encode a single character, such as an “a” or “1.” Soon after the kilobyte, or unit of storage of 1000 bytes, came the megabyte, or “large” byte, which consisted of 1,000,000 bytes, a considerably “larger” unit of computer memory! We have long since gone past the megabyte, having forayed into the realms of the gigabyte (one billion bytes) and the terabyte (one trillion bytes). Watch out for the even “larger” petabyte and exabyte!
Lastly, omega is the Greek letter which ended the Greek alphabet. It was the “large” or “long” “O,” in contrast to “omicron,” which was the “small” or “short” letter “o.”
There is no doubt that we’ve gone “big” or “large” with the prefix mega-! We can now be megaprefix megastars because our knowledge of the prefix mega- is so “large!”
- megahit: ‘large’ hit or success
- mega: ‘large’
- megaphone: instrument that makes a ‘large’ sound
- megastore: a very ‘large’ store
- megalopolis: a very ‘large’ city
- megalith: a very ‘large’ stone
- megadose: very ‘large’ dose
- megavitamin: a ‘large’ amount of vitamins
- megabyte: a ‘large’ number of bytes
- omega: Greek ‘large’ letter “O”
- megastar: a superstar who is even “larger” than other stars