What’s the Word #9 – Effable/Ineffable

March 8, 2016 at 12:02 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today, you get a twofer; two words in one post.
The first word is:

effable  (efuh-buh l) [click on the word to hear the correct pronunciation]

adjective:

  1. utterable; expressible.
  2. (archaic) able to be spoken of; able to be expressed

Word Origin:

17th century: from Old French, from Latin effārī, from ex-out + fārī to speak

Usage:

Ernie’s opinion of the current Presidential candidates is effable…but not in the presence of children.

 

The second word today has the exact opposite meaning of the first:

ineffable (in-efuh-buh l) [click the word to hear the correct pronunciation]

adjective:

      1. too great or intense to be expressed in words; unutterable
      2. too sacred to be uttered
      3. indescribable; indefinable

Word Origin:

15th century: from Latin ineffābilis unutterable, from effārī to utter, from fārī to speak

Usage:

The ineffable lack of qualifications shown by our current Presidential contenders makes me fear for the future of my beloved country.

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