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Were you gruntled before something made you disgruntled? Peccable before you became so untidy - or impeccable? 'Lost Positives' - fascinating.
The root of these words has completely fallen out of use or even definition over the centuries.
There are various lists of Lost Positives - see below for some of Alan Headblooom's examples - but what I want to know is, what was 'gruntled'? When were you 'peccable' (apart from Clive Barker's Peccable in Imajica)?
I'm fascinated by the roots of other Lost Positives; where did they come from and why are they no longer used? Maybe we can reintroduce them?
Sample of Alan Headbloom's List of Lost Positives
acculate > an immaculate apartment [completely tidy/clean, no dirt]
ept > an inept person [incompetent]
couth > an uncouth slob [ill-mannered, crude, unrefined]
(h)eveled > a disheveled appearance [messy, untidy]
requited > an unrequited love [not given back, unreciprocated]
gruntled > a disgruntled employee [angry, very dissatisfied]
ane > an inane subject [foolish, stupid]
(e)briated > an inebriated man [drunken]
furl > to unfurl the flag [unfold, unroll]
wieldy > an unwieldy package [awkward, hard to carry]]
gainly > an ungainly teenager [clumsy, awkward]
cognito > be traveling incognito [disguised, unrecognizable]
peccable > an impeccable appearance [very tidy, without flaws]