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Re: Positively Seeking Orphaned/Unpaired Negatives.

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:56 am

Why aren't 'gruntled' and 'sheveled' words? 12 Lonely Negatives — http://t.co/fnZjkcKfeW #fromlastnight <-- via @mental_floss and @scalzi on Twitter
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Re: Positively Seeking Orphaned/Unpaired Negatives.

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:03 pm

Are you immune?

For a human fighting sickness, that's a good thing. Nature has even given us a system for it.

The definition for mune isn't what I hoped. " dialectal variant of moon" http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mune

But a search showed me etymology of some help. (Screen shot follows)
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https://www.google.com/#q=define:+immune

I think we should consider adding immune to our stable list of orphaned negatives.
Aren't we all constantly searching for new ones???

Based on the available information, I think it's "ready for service."
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Re: Positively Seeking Orphaned/Unpaired Negatives.

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:11 am

The last update to this list was in 2008. Clearly we've stalled. We've also flagged in our efforts to search for these tricky words. We must resort to just stumbling upon them when they pop up as happened today with the ODO Word of the Day.

Therefore, I propose ineluctable for which the ODO lists no equivalent "eluctable" which should make it eligible here.

abrogate
abstain
dischevelled
discombobulate
discomfit
disembowel
disgust
disparage
dyspeptic
hapless (*)
impeccable
inadvertent(ly)
ineffable (*)
ineluctable
inevitable
insouciant
nonplussed
ruthless
unbeknownst
unflappable
ungainly (*)
unkempt (*)
unmentionables
unseemly
unsightly
untoward (*)
unwieldy

Challenged segment of list:
ageless (* - incorporated from World Wide Words) (challenged)
countless (*) (challenged)
debilitate (challenged)
debunk (challenged)
disconsolate (*) (challenged)
dismantle (*) (challenged)
immaculate (challenged)
incongruous (challenged)
indiscriminiate (challenged)
innocent (*) (challenged)
inviolate (challenged)
nondescript (challenged)
off kilter (challenged for being two words)
uncouth (challenged)
unrequited (challenged)
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Re: Positively Seeking Orphaned/Unpaired Negatives.

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:06 pm

Proposal to add a new word:

incipid

in·sip·id
inˈsipid/
adjective
adjective: insipid
lacking flavor.

however, sapid is the stand-alone positive, and it might be argued sipid/sapid is just a spelling issue. Still, I like the fit into this list because sapid is so rare as to be nonexistent in today's usage.

Check the Google Books N-gram graph.

It is interesting to see that "incipid" is also in decline. Maybe foods and even life itself are more flavorful than before!
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Re: Positively Seeking Orphaned/Unpaired Negatives.

Postby Algot Runeman » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:59 am

Proposed addition to the list: inscrutable.

Impossible to understand or interpret.
Origin
Late Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin inscrutabilis, from in- ‘not’ + scrutari ‘to search’ (see scrutiny).

Nobody I've ever heard says their spouse is "scrutable". (Well, maybe only a few say their spouse is inscrutable, either. They usually just say they are jerks.)

The ODO does not include "scrutable" as a word, but does include the regularly-used negative.

We should all be able to search this list and be able to find this lovely unpaired negative word!

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Cabin objections, if you prefer...
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