Fun with words part I, Reverse Engineering

Most words with the prefix “Dis” are common words with the opposite meaning when the prefix is left off of the word.

For example, “pleased” is the expected and correct opposite of the word “displeased“.

There is also a type of reverse engineering by inference if the word is not normally used without the prefix, and this is where it can be fun. I do it all the time when I hear a prefixed word that is not really a word once the prefix is removed.

Since the prefix ‘dis‘ often reverses or negates the property of the word following it, I have come up with the following new list of words where the prefix ‘dis’ is removed. The words and definitions follow:

Gruntled: Opposite of Disgruntled.

1. Completely satisfied in regards to the context where the term is used. For example, a gruntled employee is a happy, satisfied one. A gruntled customer is likewise in a state of contentment with the company he/she is doing business with. A gruntled wife is generally a happy and content one. And finally, a gruntled pig is probably grunting contentedly!

Gusted Opposite of Disgusted:

1. Feeling a sense that everything is fine and is pleasant.

Example: “People are often gusted by the smell of a baking pie, or by clean, smiling babies”.

Example: People are usually not feeling gusted when they step in a pile of “it” or smell spoiled food”.

Emboweled. Opposite of Disemboweled.

1. Having possession of one’s bowels within one’s body. Quite preferable over the opposite with the ‘dis’ prefix.

Combobulated.Opposite of Discombobulated.

1. In a state of perfect order, with no discernible entropy.

Example: “Her thoughts were thoroughly combobulated as she formulated her thesis”.

Example: “After the Big Bang, a perfect state of combobulation was destroyed, and although new systems emerged things would never be as orderly as they were with nearly infinite mass taking up an infinitely small amount of space”.

Concerting. Opposite of Disconcerting.

1. Pleasantly expected.

Example: “When he met her he found her demeanor to be pleasantly concerting“.

Tinguish, Tinguished, tinguishing: Opposite of Distinguished.

1. All forms of the adjective Tinguish, which of course means ordinary, common, or expected.

Example: “As a straight C student with a 2.0 GPA, his academic record was considered by many to be quite tinguished”.

Pose, Posed, Posing, Posable. Opposite of Dispose.

1. To keep, which in economic terms means, income that one must keep to pay the bills.

Example: “Unfortunately the couple had only posable income, and could thus only make their necessary monthly payments”.

Example: “Would you please pose of that trash, so we may inspect it for recyclable objects before placing it in the can”.

Dain, Dained:

1.A good feeling about another person, in other words, a total lack of disdain.

Example: “She felt a sense of utter dain for her best friend”.

Play, played: Opposite of Display.

1. Hidden from sight.

Example: “He shamefully played his D- report card under a pile of garbage in the trash can where it could not be seen by his parents”. Shamefully played would be the polar opposite of proudly displayed.

Example: “He proudly displayed his non-existent abs to the disinterested group of fellow exercisers at the gym”. In such a case he would have been better off playing that physique under a loose shirt!

May, mayed. Opposite of Dismayed.

1.A feeling of encouragement, and that things will turn out ok.

Example: “She felt mayed even though others thought that her circumstances were challenging, to say the least.”

Tract, tracted, tracting. Opposite of Distract.

1. When something tracts it tends to be ignored and allows others to keep about their business.

Example: “His tracting ordinary manner and looks allowed her to keep her focus on the distracting stranger across the room”.

Cuss, Cussed, cussing. (Opposite of discuss,discussed, discussing),

1. To silently keep one’s thoughts to oneself.

Example: “They were quietly cussing everything imaginable but not with each other on the long elevator ride to the 98th floor”.

2 A group of individuals talking at one another about things unrelated to what each of the other individuals were saying. Thus, a lack of discourse. In other words the cacophonic mayhem of a barnyard consisting of one each of different species of noisy braying, crowing, mooing musicians of Bremen!

Example: “The weekly meeting of narcissists unanimous was busy cussing everything that pertained to each of them and none of them”.

Tort, torted, torting.
The opposite of distort

1. The complete absence of exaggeration, manipulation, or other forms of propaganda.

Example: “His argument thoroughly torted the truth.”

2. To leave a shape (literally or figuratively) unchanged.

Example: “By leaving the ice cube at below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, it remained visibly torted“.

Example: “It is a rare politician indeed, who torts the truth in every speech”.

Next week we will play with the related prefix “De” which tends to mean “take out of” or “undo”.


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