Jail vs. prison

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Jail vs. prison

I read a blogs about words, follow Facebook groups that deal with words and I listen to word-related podcasts.

This topic came up recently a about two words that are similar.  The words are jail and prison.  In the U.S., it is fairly common that a jail is used for lesser offenses and less serious crimes.  Prisons are for felons and those who will be incarcerated for many years, if not for life.

Anyway, someone online pointed out that by adding an “er” to each of the words, jail and prison, the results are quite different.

A jailer is someone who watches over those who are locked up.   A prisoner is some who is locked up.

Do you know of any other words that change completely when you add a prefix or suffix?
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