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If you have "deplete," can you have "replete"? Any amusing or obsolete words up your sleeves? How about deplete? As great as it sounds, we can't have "replete" because the root is the Latin word

If you have "deplete," can you have "replete"?

Any amusing or obsolete words up your sleeves? How about deplete? As great as it sounds, we can't have "replete" because the root is the Latin word dēplētus/dēplēre meaning empty, not the would-be English root plete. How about disgruntled? Is this the loss of grunt?

[PS: "Replete" is from the different Latin word replēre.]

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Everyone has been dis-appointed.  Has anyone ever been appointed?

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Dear accsessteacher--I knew I should have added the (-)! That would be nonexistent root -plete, prefix de-, and prefix re-. Truly, we can't have de- plete or re- plete because we don't have English root plete! My first mistake of 2012!! Well, first acknowledged public mistake of 2012 at any rate.

If Plete, De-plete and Re-plete are in a boat and Plete and De-plete fall out, who's left?

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There are some words that are a delight to say because of the way that they bounce or the lyricism of them.  Phenomenon has always been a favorite simply for its pronunciation--whose French version is fun because of the way to say the suffix -tion.  The Italian world amore is almost onomatopoetic.

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Whenever I teach Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, I have to stop and discuss some of the old words and phrases used in the story. One of my favorites comes in the final chapter, when the boy who is asked by Scrooge to run and pick up the prize turkey responds, "Walk-er." Difficult to find in any modern dictionaries, it is meant as an expression of disbelief. Other Dickensian favorites include "water-butt (a rain barrel)," "slopseller (a dealer in second-hand clothes)," "faggot (bundle of twigs)," and "assizes (serious judicial cases)."

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Can we not use the word "replete" any more? I still do! Some of my favourite words that I fear are going to be forgotten as we move ever closer towards a kind of...

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