Once we could be ruly, couth, pecuniousmayed, ept, gruntled and so on,but now we can only be their opposites.
This blog was written in jest. In fact, following :Once we could indeed have been ruly or pecunious (although I'm not sure I would want to have been ruly) https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=rulyhttps://www.etymonline.com/search?q=pecunious'Couth' was indeed a word. But it didn't mean the opposite of 'uncouth' (or anything like) and was replaced by 'could'. As the antonym of uncouth it is a back-formation of 1896:https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=couthOn the other hand 'couthie' in Scots means 'kindly', 'comfortable' or 'snug'.Ept and gruntled are both back-formations coined in 1938:https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=epthttps://www.etymonline.com/search?q=gruntledWhile 'dismayed' was never an antonym of 'mayed' as the 'dis-' is an intensifier https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=dismayed'Clement', however is a proper word, used, like 'inclement', to describe weather. Though curiously 'now is used only in negation and only of the weather.' It is of course a proper name, notably of several popes.https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=clementThat link also sheds light on the naming of clementines.
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