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Fun With Words ~ Dissever May 9, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.

Rik Scott introduced me to a word the other day on Uphill Writing ~ a word that I’d never seen before:  Dissever: Word of the Day

In his post, he defined the word.  Dissever means to separate or part; to sever.


How can dissever and sever be synonyms?

Makes no sense . . . like much of the English language.

* Are disinterest and interest synonyms? Nope.
* How about disinfect and infect? Nope.
* Disinclined and inclined?  Nope.
* Disgusted and gusted?  Nope.
* Disservice and service? Again, nope.

Under the circumstances, I’m disinclined to add dissever to my vocabulary.

I’m inclined to stick with sever.

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1. Richard W Scott - May 9, 2010

Ah, then… how about flamable and inflamable? That one bothered me for a long time until I finally worked it out. Care to take a shot?

2. nrhatch - May 9, 2010

Inflamation and Inflamatory are more familiar to me than inflamable.

Because of those words, inflamable would conjure up images of redness, heat and anger.

But just looking at the dictionary definitions in my M-W (2004) doesn’t give me much additional guidance.

I love words . . . even if the English language is a peculiar bird. : )

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