Lost positives

Paul McFedries lists at MCFEDRIES.COM
Tue Jan 29 15:40:34 UTC 2002

A correspondent asked me if I knew where he could find a list of lost
postives (such as gruntled, kempt, and sheveled). Since (if I understand the
term correctly) you can just make up any old lost positive by chopping off
an existing word's negative prefix, then a complete list would be silly.
However, what about a list of lost positives that were once actual members
of the lexicon (such as kempt)? Does anyone know of any books or other
resources that have such a list?



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