For reasons that I cannot now reconstruct, I was thinking about the phrase “a daunting task.” “Daunt” is a verb that really only appears in adjectival form (so it’s not a gerund, which is an “-ing” version of a verb that functions as a noun). You don’t say “Whoa baby, that task really daunts me!” (I guess you might say “I was really daunted by that task” – seems unlikely, though.)
What are some other verbs that you only see used in the “ing” form?
That’s a different case in that irregardless is probably the bastard child of regardless and irrespective; it’s not intended to mean something separate from those words. I’ve only heard whelm used in an ironic way.
Since zombie status begins at six months in this forum, and since Things it’s better to do right the first time had its 24 Replies and 406 Views starting 08-03-2005, 01:45 PM, I’ll just mention it. If this is not the thread to continue it, maybe somebody else will see fit to start another.