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724593.  Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:59 pm Reply with quote

I don't think that we have done this in I series, though it has been done in previous threads.
Any way, for starters:
inflammable .v. flammable
inlikely, why not?

724601.  Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:04 pm Reply with quote

I'm not sure if you're proposing "inlikely" as an antonym for "likely", but that wouldn't be the same way that flammable and inflammable are related. The "in-" in "inflammable" isn't a negating prefix. It's taken from the Latin in (in, on) + flamma (flame), so put together means "to set on fire".

Hence the famous Dr. Nick line:
"Inflammable means flammable? What a country!"


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