11 More Words You Hear Only When Paired With a Certain Other Word or Prefix

11 More Words You Hear Only When Paired With a Certain Other Word or Prefix

Please note this is the third installment of this series: for further reading: Part 1 and Part 2 can be found here.


Disenfranchise- It’s common to hear a jilted bloc of people referred to as, “disenfranchised”, but I am pretty sure I’ve never heard of anyone being “enfranchised”- which means to set free, or give someone civic privileges- namely the right to vote.

Disenchant- Similar to the above word, but less common.The last two times I heard the word “enchanted”, were when I was in middle school reading in King Arthur about an enchanted forest in, and in high school Spanish 1 when I learned that after meeting someone, it’s a polite custom to say either, “mucho gusto” (nice to meet you), or perhaps the more dashing, “encantado”, which means “enchanted”.

You don’t hear the word “disenchanted” that often, but you hear it more than you hear enchanted. And of course, by, “you”, I mean me.

Dismember– We are all familiar with grisly stories of dismemberment, but we never hear about a proud new owner of a prosthetic limb who was “membered”, or would it be “remembered”? We may never know.

Juvenate- Juvenate is not a word, but rejuvenate is. Does that seem odd to anyone else?

Reminder- “Ok, guys just as a reminder….” implies they’ve told you before. But I see no reason that a memo, or a discussion couldn’t be called a “minder”. In fact, I think it’d be kinda cool.

Recognize– Very similar in meaning to the word above- they both start with “re” and are followed by words that have to do with thinking. When you see someone whom you’ve met before you re-cognize them, but when you meet them you never say you cognize them, even though cognize is a verb which means to meet or know.

And remember: when you cognize someone, say “enchanted” while shaking their hand. That way they know you’re creepy.

Inadvertent- Apparently in England this means “in a tent in a commercial” *crickets chirping* is this thing on?

Ad vertere literally means,  “to turn toward”, so “advertent” just means that you are in the state of being turned toward something and you’re paying attention cognizing.

So the next time someone calls you out for not paying attention and asks if you’re even paying attention you can say, “I’m advertent”.

Then when they proceed with, “what was the last thing I just said?”, you advertently answer, “What was the last thing I just said.”. Then they’ll laugh and you change the subject before they collect their thoughts.

Concede, Recede, Proceed, Secede, Precede– If you’re paying any attention advertent to those words, you’ll be able to ascertain their root word is “cede”. It means to give or grant, but you rarely hear it without these and other prefixes.

Parity- The only time I hear about “parity” is in the context of the NFL. But disparity is a word you hear on occasion.

Fangled– According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary (no, I’m not starting a Valedictory speech), “fangle” and “fangled” are not words but “newfangled” is. That’d be like if Newfoundland were a word, but “found” and “land” were not, but Newfoundland still meant new found land.

Glom- Nobody says “glom”, unless they’re saying, “glom on”.  When exploring this, Merriam Webster had four definitions/synonyms  under two different meanings:

1: Take, Steal and 2. Seize, Catch.

Then their example totally redeemed themselves to me after their fangle debacle:

the manager glommed the shoplifter just as she was about to bolt out of the store

Now that’s a sentence with a good visual! Glommed sounds like the signature move of a monster in a horror movie!

Thank you for not only glomming this article, but for advertently cognizing it as well.


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