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Postby TerraFrost » Sun Nov 28, 2004 8:53 am

what's really the difference between "flameable" and "inflameable" or "regardless" and "irregardless"? if there is a diff., it'd be news to me, heh.

does anyone know of any similarily redundant sets of words?
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Postby Nuxius » Sun Nov 28, 2004 2:56 pm

"not unlike"

You hear that one alot. That's about as bad as W. using "not ungood". Not only is it redundant, it's also improper English.
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Postby Rapscallion » Sun Nov 28, 2004 3:23 pm

i think they just add letters on just 2 emphasize words.
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Postby Megafrost » Sun Nov 28, 2004 3:39 pm

"Fat chance" and "slim chance." What's the difference? :p
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Postby Rapscallion » Sun Nov 28, 2004 9:56 pm

phat. fat. what's the difference?
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Postby TerraFrost » Sun Nov 28, 2004 11:55 pm

there used in different contexts. also, phat and fat isn't really what i had in mind for this thread, anyway. phat is just an alternative way of spelling fat. irregardless, in contrast, is not an alternative way of spelling regardless. in fact, the irr- prefix makes one think that they should be opposites, as it does with resistable and irresistable.
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Postby Javafrost » Mon Nov 29, 2004 6:10 am

You mean like, smart a**, dumb a**, and wise a**? I'm pretty sure they all mean pretty much the same thing.
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Postby TerraFrost » Mon Nov 29, 2004 7:12 am

yup! those are good examples! and three variations, too, heh :)
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Postby Nuxius » Fri Dec 03, 2004 6:45 am

Phat is a slang word, meaning, looking good, great or hot.

Phat and fat aren't related, unless you are attracted to fat people, then it would be.
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Postby Rapscallion » Fri Dec 03, 2004 11:01 pm

not really. :yuk
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Postby TerraFrost » Thu Dec 09, 2004 9:10 pm

requisite and prerequisite
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Postby Neerowolf » Fri Dec 10, 2004 12:46 am

How about unable? ^^;;
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Postby Javafrost » Sat Dec 18, 2004 7:14 am

A similar sort of thing.... the phrase "not to mention" is always followed by a mention of the thing!
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Postby Exalted Ugu » Wed Jan 19, 2005 6:15 am

Is it possible that Irregardless and Inflammable are simply older forms of the words? I don't know about Irregardless, but i think that Inflammable would indicate the possibility of a thing becoming Inflamed, and it's possible the word is merely a remnant slowly being superceded by the shorter form. (autobus -> bus, refrigerator -> fridge, television -> TV)

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