Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Weird words

English has its share of weird words, borrowed words, rules, counter-rules, exceptions to rules, and outright fakery.

For example: disgruntled. (meaning unhappy or sulkily discontented).  What then does "gruntled" mean? Happy and contented? No. It means "to complain".
Following suit we get this:

gruntled: contended?
irregardless: to regard?
antidisestablishmentarianism: for the establishment? (I just threw that in because I like it).
Floccinaucinihilipilification: not much ;-)
moot: relevant? not relevant?

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