Something To Ponder...

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Andrew_Sch, Aug 12, 2002.

  1. Andrew_Sch

    Andrew_Sch Cinematographer

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    If you can be overwhelmed and underwhelmed, can you be just plain "whelmed?"
    If you can be ruthless, can you be "ruth?"
     
  2. Cameron Seaman

    Cameron Seaman Supporting Actor

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    Reminds me of Aristotle's Mean, but because of the word usage, there is no middle ground with these terms. [​IMG]
     
  3. Leila Dougan

    Leila Dougan Screenwriter

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    Yes, whelm and ruth are words.
    From www.m-w.com
    whelm: (verb) to turn (as a dish or vessel) upside down usually to cover something
    ruth: (noun) compassion for the misery of another
    Overwhelm just means "to cover up completely", over + whelm.
    And you can't "be ruth" (unless your name is Ruth LOL) but you can have ruth.
    Its amazing what things the dictionary can teach us [​IMG]
     
  4. Mark C Sherman

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    If that is the case I am going to learn How to LAX before I can RELAX[​IMG]
     
  5. Charles J P

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    Maybe you cant be ruth, but can you be ruthful? Would that be full of ruth? That could be a whole new meaning though?
     
  6. Ben Menix

    Ben Menix Stunt Coordinator

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    Well, since you can be "ruthless", I would suppose you could be "ruthful". Searching frantically for Webster's 1947 Collegiate...
    Ben Menix
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  7. SteveA

    SteveA Supporting Actor

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    Every day on the evening news, you hear a story about some disgruntled worker going berzerk. Don't you think the media should occasionally mention that there are millions of gruntled employees out there too - who AREN'T going berzerk?
     
  8. John Watson

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    Reckless is therefor the opposite of reck?
    Antisocial people could have a bad rectitude?
    Personally, I would rue the day I laxly forbore my usual reckless jests[​IMG]
     
  9. BrianW

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    When it comes to words, you guys are as ept and ert as they come. In fact, you're the eptest and ertest I've ever seen!

    If I do something with impunity, does that make me imputable, or unimputable?

    If you become indignant, is that because something indignifies you?
     
  10. brentl

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    UHm me confused[​IMG]
     

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