I think My maths degree has inflated my score
I’m more than just my maths degree! Only today I did engaged in an email argument with an old friend who suggested that ‘debunk’ classified as a ‘word that only exists in prefixed form’. Like these. A nice little trail of searches later, I discovered that ‘debunk’ means ‘to remove the bunk’ from something, and ‘bunk’ in this sense comes from ‘bunkum’ which now means ‘nonsense’. ‘Bunkum’ itself used to have a more specific meaning about flowery but meaningless political statements, based on one given to the member for Buncombe in 1847.
So bunkum does exist in an unprefixed form, and I win the Internet.
Maybe it’s not just my Maths degree the nerd test picked up.