Personal Computer Education
Positively Seeking Unmatched Negatives!
"Language is dynamic." That is a positive thing to say, isn't it? "Neologism" is the linguistic term for new words created in a language. English seems to get a bunch of new words every year.
However, some words in our English language seem to just be negative.
I don't mean what you think, though. Sure there are people who gripe about their health, lack of money, etc., but that isn't the topic here.
I am talking about words that seem to only have a negative form. The positive version isn't there, or has gone into disuse.
There are many prefixes that turn positive words into negative ones. But if you remove the negating prefix from some words, you get a word that seemingly isn't there.
I have begun a list here, and I will want to expand it. If you can help build the list, send a note to me [below].
Here we go.
There are also some "marginal" words.
There are also "failed" negatives. They have the negative form, but are used to express a positive condition.
Although consideration of orphan (unpaired) negative words isn't a major linguistic concern, there appear to be others who find this topic interesting:
Not alone in interest for this topic:
Michael Quinion writes about
negatives in his on line column World
Consider this nonsense sentence from EditPros: "Ept, plussed managers operate sipid programs because they ter their ruly employees, who exhibit an admirable regard for feasance."
Read the reply from CalifJim to a
question about prefix
use which is more generic, but raises a few interesting
There is an interesting double negative "undisclosed" prefix in this entry of Pain in the English blog.
Also try doing Web searches for the following phrases: