Date: Wed, 3 May 1995 23:10:09 -0700
From: Anton Sherwood dasher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NETCOM.COM
Subject: negatives and positives
David Muschell dmuschel[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU asks:
Why don't we say:
"I am traveling cognito (identifying myself to everyone)"
(I like that one! Is the driver of the Batmobile cognito?)
"They planned their trip very petuously (same)"
"She eptly walked through the crowd (gracefully)"
Well, in most cases because it's not worth mentioning.
Not "petuous" (or "perious"), because the prefix isn't the negative.
Not "ept", because "inept" is the negative of "apt".
(Words like this are evidence that early Latin accented the first
syllable of every word.)
I want to know why bus drivers can't say the word "delay"
without the prefix "slight".
*\\* Anton Ubi scriptum?