Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Revisit to Words With/Without Negative Prefixes

I posted about words with/without negative prefixes not too long ago - and about the fact that certain words sound odd without their negative prefixes.

Some readers have added to the list of these odd sounding words:

(in) dividual
(un) couth
(un) kempt
(un) trammelled
(dis) gruntled
(in) effable
(in) ept
(un) requited

Interestingly, trammelled and requited were the only words from this list that spell check accepted without the negative prefix attached.

On a separate note, in the original post I asked for readers' thoughts about a name for this phenomenon. I received these two wonderful responses:

antithesislessness from The Virtual Linguist

a theory of negativity from Freckled Writer

"One way to not be illusioned is to never have been disillusioned."
- Author unknown

1 comment:

JD (The Engine Room) said...

I've come across 'effable' before. It's certain less common that ineffable, but it's listed in the OED online.

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