End of ADS-L Digest - 2 May 1995 to 3 May 1995 ********************************************** There are 19 messages totalling 429 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. negatives and positives (8) 2. New Book 3. Business/[bIdnIs] (3) 4. Need LAMSAS Vol. 1 5. Heather Locklear 6. new word? (2) 7. "86" 8. Digest? (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 3 May 1995 23:10:09 -0700 From: Anton Sherwood Subject: negatives and positives David Muschell asks: > Why don't we say: [inter alia] > "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?