Date: Thu, 4 May 1995 08:11:08 -0700
From: Allen Maberry maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Subject: Re: negatives and positives
According to Webster's Third New International Dictionary "corrigible"
can be used in the sense described and "wieldy" has, as a secondary
meaning, "capable of being handled". Cited as an example is the phrase "a
large but wieldy book" from the "New Republic".
maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]u.washington.edu
On Thu, 4 May 1995, David Muschell wrote:
When was "ruth" lost so that now we have only "ruthless"?
Does anyone have a reference?
And why don't we say:
"I was plussed about the Academic Council's decision (having an understanding)"
"The judge decided the thief was corrigible (able to be rehabilitated)"
"He has a domitable spirit (easily subdued)"
"The talk with the colleague had been very concerting (satisfying)"
"I felt very chalant while speaking before the gathering (nervous)"
"Luckily, my stacks of papers were very wieldy (easy to carry)"
Seriously, were there ever such words? Thanks for the "apt" reference on