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56038.  Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:15 pm Reply with quote

You can have a lot of fun with words which have had the (often only apparent) negative prefix taken off- like gruntled, chalant, evitable and so on - here's a little masterpiece from The New Yorker....

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56327.  Wed Mar 01, 2006 10:24 am Reply with quote

Very good but furl / unfurl doesn't quite fit because they are both still in use.

57975.  Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:10 am Reply with quote

We have talked about this sort of thing before, in the not ruth thread.

57981.  Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:22 am Reply with quote

So we have - before my time ...

So atoms should really be called "toms" - since they can in fact be divided. Since "tom" also means "a gentleman cat" and "a prostitute", the possibilities for doubles entendres in serious Physics Journals are endless ...

And didn't Sir Humphrey (Yes Minister) once use the word "ert", as the alleged opposite of "inert"?

gerontius grumpus
58194.  Wed Mar 08, 2006 3:10 pm Reply with quote

I 've just looked at the old 'ruth' thread and I must take exception to the 'anaemic/naemic entry.
Surely the opposite of anaemic would be haemic.


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