Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 16 05:29:01 UTC 2009

Sigh! I miss the indelible pencils of my pre-adolescence, when every
English-speaking child understood intuitively that "indelible" wasn't
merely a weakening of "delible." Well, it was more likely the case
that only a lexicographer had any idea that a word "delible" even
existed. And I wouldn't even be surprised to discover that that
announcer had no idea, either.


On Sun, Nov 15, 2009 at 10:58 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
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> Subject:      delibility
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>  From one of the CBS announcers of today's Jets-Jaguars football game,
> after Jets' quarterback Mark Sanchez is sacked in the first quarter
> and goes down hard:
> "Those type of hits leave an indelible--and sometimes a *delible* mark."
> Evident a delible mark is like an indelible one only more so.
> LH
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