Now and then I see a post or article about words that are negative, but have no positive counterpart — like disgruntled. There is no gruntled. There are many words like this, generally missing a positive antonym without the negative prefix of dis or mis or non or un or in. Occasionally, there is a similar word with a negative suffix like –less, for which there is no counterpart without the suffix.
So, I thought I might try to write you a story with some of these words. Here goes:
I was recently invited to a party. It was evitable that I would accept, since I do not love parties. Some people are much more ept at socializing than I am. I heard that some of the people were choosing to go in costume, but I prefer to go cognito. Being on the shy side I walk into a party chalantly.
The hostess had hired a comedian to provide entertainment. When he got up to begin his act, it was promptu, since the whole thing was planned. He was actually quite funny, and his intelligent humor was ane. His funny stories flowed well with continuing sequitors.
Although my house is usually peccable, the hostess’s house was in perfect array. Even the room with the cat’s litter box was gusting. The evening continued quite pleasantly for a while. Then two guests became commnunicado and didn’t remain ruly. I like both these guests, so I looked at them with dain, and had givings about how it would turn out. When the argument escalated, I was frankly plussed. One participant was a female cousin of mine, who was descript and would stand out in any crowd. She was hibited when it came to speaking her mind. The other person arguing was tall, but very gainly. He was surprisingly mayed when the woman flirted with his friend instead of him. It was beknownst to me that the two of them used to be a couple.
After watching this argument for a while, I was commital about going home. I accepted from a ride from a neighbor I knew would be a reck driver.
March 4 is National Grammar Day
So next week’s post will be the annual Grammar Day Post. Stay tuned!