Chicago woke up to snow this April morning. Minneapolis has anywhere from three to six inches on the near horizon. But that does not mean anyone should be looking for an excuse to utter ‘eff’ this–no, today’s post concerns a matter of linguistics.
“ineffable” is one of those bizarre words. “Incapable of being described in words” and yet it’s an adjective–a word used to describe or modify another word. And you rarely see it used in its de-prefixed form “effable”–because rather than say “that’s effable”, people just use words to describe the subject.
This insightful commentary comes from Mark Wegener, a banker with a highly-unlikely wit who blogs sporadically at Local Paper. It also firms up my knowledge of this word, which candidly, was a bit shaky. Yet another upside of the participatory web. Thank you Mark for being so…ept (as opposed to ‘inept’). And Happy Monday.
By Dennis Ryan, CCO, Olson