7/22/2002 11:15:00 PM
by The MinuteMan
OK, Let the Dogs Out On This
likes grammar puzzles. Well, I have been plagued for several days by a word problem, to wit, "canny" and "uncanny". No fair using a dictionary: I think "canny" is crafty, shrewd, knowledgeable. "Uncanny" is crafty or capable in a way that surpassses the understanding of us mere mortals. However, the two words are clearly not opposites, and a casual writer might use them interchangeably, as in "The uncanny Mickey Kaus today salutes the canny Andrew Sullivan...".
So, my question. Regardless of "irregardless", are there other "word - unword" pairings with a comparable "near-synonym" status? I have been bugged by this for several days, and need help. Thanks.
UPDATE: Valuable, invaluable; estimable, inestimable. OK.
UPDATE 2: Lynn (Un)Leashed
offers flammable / inflammable. And what's this about "uncouth"? I lose my couth all the time.