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    Is there a term for this?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by OurJud, Mar 2, 2017.

    The recent thread about the word 'Unresisted' got me wondering if there's an official term for when a word is turned into a negative by prefixing it with 'Un'.

    I know these definitely aren't words - unlike the debatable unresisted - but they're sometimes used for comic effect. I'm talking about things like 'unpregant', 'unstupid' - which are simply used to illustrate that whatever the word is saying, is not the case.

    They're not double negatives as such, but along those lines.
     
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    newspeak (from 1984) double plus ungood comrade
     
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    It's a type of affix.
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    Whooooooaaaaaa... super cool! I never knew this.
     
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    Nor did I until OurJud asked. I got curious and went looking. :)
     

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