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December 11, 2013

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Jeff Donlan

The "un" can make a narrative of some of these words. From the Joyce list, I like "unsaluted," which wants to spin a story even more seductive than "unlace" or "unbutton."

From the 1828 list, the "unbe" words behave similarly. "Unbenighted" and "unbestarred" beg more information than "unnighted" or "unstarred" would. It's one thing not to be starred, but it's quite another to find oneself not bestarred. How has one failed to be bestarred--the fault of oneself or of another (possibly even God)? Oh, the injustice!

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