Words without prefixes

Is it possible to be combobulated?

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11/04/2013 at 23:29

Some words are well known with certain prefixes suggesting they're an opposite but not without as far as I know.

 

If you're well turned out can you be shevelled?

 

Is there such a thing as delible ink?

 

If you're a bit rude do you have peccable manners?

 

Any others?

Edited: 11/04/2013 at 23:30
11/04/2013 at 23:56

Can you make nice paraging remarks about someone?

12/04/2013 at 11:15

12/04/2013 at 11:41

If you are appointed, are you satisfied?

Or if you are gruntled?

 

12/04/2013 at 11:45

Dammit! Loving the thread but can't think of anything.  Will come back to you...

Loosely related prefix type word factoid: the word subcontinental has all the vowels in the reverse order.  Might be the only word that does but I can't remember.

12/04/2013 at 12:05

what about in verse order

12/04/2013 at 12:09

Loving these!

 

If all is calm in your world can you be mentally turbed?

12/04/2013 at 12:10

Tinguished?  

Verted?

 

12/04/2013 at 12:11

Is something which is asterous very succesful?

12/04/2013 at 12:15

Most people use the word reiterated to mean repeated for the first time - in fact, the word iterate means to repeat, so reiterating is to repeat again.

And I'd like to know why a slim chance is the same as a fat chance.

Crash Hamster    pirate
12/04/2013 at 12:39

You can be innocent (literally 'not guilty')but 'nocent' never made it into English.

Beatrix remains as a name, but Beator is never used as the male equivalent...

12/04/2013 at 12:58

How come inflammable isn't the opposite of flammable?

12/04/2013 at 13:04
Tom77 wrote (see)

How come inflammable isn't the opposite of flammable?

 

Isn't it Dr Nick on The Simpsons who says, "Who knew inflammable meant flammable"?

 

Peter Collins wrote (see)

Most people use the word reiterated to mean repeated for the first time - in fact, the word iterate means to repeat, so reiterating is to repeat again.

And I'd like to know why a slim chance is the same as a fat chance.

 

I've never quite worked out whether you fill a form in or out  

12/04/2013 at 13:07
Can you be full of gorm rather than gormless?
12/04/2013 at 13:15
12/04/2013 at 14:33

Those all look like perfectly cromulent words to me

12/04/2013 at 14:43

Can myths be bunked as well as debunked?

12/04/2013 at 15:03

So why doesn't ad mean that you are alive, if dead menas you are not alive?

12/04/2013 at 16:31

ooo I don't know

 

If something is in very good taste, can you be gusted with it?

12/04/2013 at 16:48

Do you have to be laxed before it's possible to be relaxed (on the subsequent times that you do not suffer from stress).

On the subject of stress, it is possible to be distressed (bad) and eustressed (good).

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