survey says

The prefix sur comes to us from French, and means "upon" or "on top of" or "over". For some reason, I used to think this meant "under" or "beneath", but that's quite the opposite, and more like the Latin sub. The French prefix sur actually comes from the Latin super. Since French came to English more recently than Latin did, the use of the prefix is pretty regular, without having had time for word meanings to get modified by history.

Words that don't actually come from French "sur":

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