‘Gruntle Me’ – 19 Forgotten Words To Use Right Now

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‘Gruntle Me’ – 19 Forgotten Words To Use Right Now

‘Gruntle Me’ – 19 Forgotten Words To Use Right Now

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Shakespeare coined some 314 new words by adding the prefix –Un. Today his creations fall into three categories; those still in common use (uncomfortable, untie, unlock), those that are used, but rarely (unbend, unveil, unhand, unbolt) and those that just got lost somewhere along the way (unspeak, undeaf, unsex, unwitted, uncharge, and unfix). You’re welcome to give these forgotten gems a shot but if you try them out today they are most likely to earn you a quizzical look. On the other hand we now use many words only with their Un prefix. And that means we miss some brilliant opportunities. Take it away and what are you left with? An instantly expanded vocabulary and some truly great new words.

Remove the prefix (-Un) to get:

#1 Couth (to be smooth, to have finesse)

#2 Wieldy (strong)

#3 Speakable (something which can be spoken about)

#4 Flappable (excitable)

The same principle applies to words which had their negative or opposite created by adding either a –Dis,In or  -Im prefix. Take them away and you can pepper your speech with some striking effects:

Remove the prefix (-Dis) to get:

#5 Gruntle (to be made happy).

(This is my personal favorite and I am trying to trot it out as much as possible, “it gruntled me”, “he looked gruntled” etc!)

#6 Gust (a liking for something)

#7 Shevelled (well organised/well groomed)

Remove the prefix (-In) to get:

#8 Advertant (to pay attention)

#9 Corrigable (correctable)

#10 Delible (deletable)

#11 Evitable (avoidable)

#12 Nocuous (dangerous)

#13 Ept (capable)

#14 Vincible (defeatable)

Remove the prefix (-Im) and you get:

#15 Maculate (spotless)

#16 Pervious (can be penetrated)

#17 Peccable (prone to sin)

#18 Punity (there will be consequences)

#19 Placable (can be placated).

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