This being the SD, I don’t think I’m the only one who has spent a significant portion of their life consulting dictionaries and encyclopedias when confronted with unfamiliar words. In the past couple of years however, I’ve taken a proactive approach to this sort of research in a concerted effort to expand my vocabulary. Now, as I understand more words, I find myself guessing at their various forms, based upon words of similar construction, which occasionally leads me to intuit a word that doesn’t actually exist, but, to my mind, seems entirely rational. To whit-
I looked up both of these ‘words’, only to be somewhat crestfallen when neither appeared on dictionary.com or in my hardcover MW, and that the proper words, respectively were ‘franticness’ and ‘obdurateness’. There are others, but these two (in my completely unqualified opinion) merit serious consideration by the powers that be for entry into the English language. My chief qualm with the words they ‘should’ replace is the terminal syllable; to me, the suffix '-ness’, unless totally unavoidable, is awkward to the point of vulgarity.
I wrote these ‘words’ down a number of months ago and mostly forgot about them, then suddenly realized that I had joined the SDMB and was thus surrounded by like-spirited nerds who might possibly have their own pet corruptions or bastardizations. So I’m asking two things;
- Do you know any non-words that you feel should be words?
- Is their a person more qualified than myself would could expound upon the linguistic/etymological merits or failures of the words I’ve ‘invented’?
If these non-words actually exist, please feel free to make sardonic jokes about my lack of research skills and generally flawed weltanschauung. That is all