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Why Can You Be ‘discombobulated’ But Not ‘combobulated’?

Posted by apwood on January 17, 2008

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For some reason I’ve always enjoyed using the word discombobulated when I just couldn’t get it together. It’s a fun word. However, my new trying-to-be-and-use-positive-words-only take has led me to ponder why it is possible to be ‘discombobulated’ and not ‘combobulated.’

While waiting for my turn with my incredible chiropractor (Dr. Janet McGaurn in West Chester, PA) she told me she would be right with me, she was getting combobulated. I in turn remarked that I liked that as it was the positive alternative to one of my former favorite words ‘discombobulated.’

She informed me that it wasn’t actually a word in the dictionary. Of course, I wondered WHY would there be a negative version of a word without the opposite positive option (when it was only made negative with the prefix ‘dis’)???

Well, that made me take a look at the dictionary.

**American Heritage DictionaryCite This Sourcedis·com·bob·u·late (dĭs’kəm-bŏb’yə-lāt’)
tr.v. dis·com·bob·u·lat·ed, dis·com·bob·u·lat·ing, dis·com·bob·u·lates
To throw into a state of confusion. See Synonyms at confuse.

[Perhaps alteration of discompose.]

Well the alteration discompose…… the opposite is compose. So why not combobulated? It does sound a little strange but is that just because I’m used to “dis” or because it is positive. Not sure.

Now ‘dis‘ –

** Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)Cite This SourceDis [dis] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation –noun Classical Mythology. a god of the underworld.

Did he invent the word?

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**American Heritage Stedman’s Medical DictionaryCite This Sourcedis-
pref.

  1. Not: disjugate.
  2. Absence of; opposite of: disorientation.
  3. Undo; do the opposite of: dislocate.
  4. Deprive of; remove: dismember.

**No results found for combobulated.

So if it can have a ‘dis’ on it why can’t we remove it? Or do I have to hang up my beloved discombobulated since there isn’t a positive alternative?

Yes, it may not be important to some maybe even most people – i just wanted to know why? go figure…

Also adding to this discussion – Kate – informed me that the same is true for the word “nonplussed.”

**Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)Cite This Source

[non-pluhs, non-pluhs] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation verb, -plussed or -plused, -plus·sing or -plus·ing, noun –verb (used with object)

1. to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely.

Well I guess I’m nonplussed about why?

I won’t go there why nonplussed means puzzled when the ‘non’ usually means not.

Oh well, Anyone?

Thanks Janet & Kate!

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Why Do Opposites Attract?

Posted by apwood on January 14, 2008

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    • I’m emotional – which means that I cry, yell, get mad, act silly, and laugh – usually all within the same day, almost daily. He is calm and introspective.
    • I hate driving a lot. He loves it.
    • I’m extremely affectionate. He would forget to kiss me hello or goodbye if I didn’t remind him!
    • I love vegetables. He doesn’t care for any and probably wouldn’t eat them if I didn’t make him (except corn – which really doesn’t count!)
    • I have light hair, eyes, and skin. He has dark hair, eyes, and skin.
    • I, for most of my life, didn’t have much faith. He is full of it, always believing.

    So WHY do I love him – and can only see a future with him? I’m crazy? Like Self-torture? or is there a reason we are attracted to each other?

    Do we love in the other which we are lacking because we admire it or want to become more balanced? Maybe a little but some of these differences cause fights, hurt feelings, etc.

    Are we suppose to learn acceptance of differences, which is easier to do when there is love?

    After years of reading…. what I think I’ve learned is that if you truly love someone, you love them for who they are no matter what. To become a master of this, not letting any differences cause you distress would be the ultimate goal.

    Have I attained this level, No. I am still trying. But every night before I go to sleep, I hug and kiss him and know that there is no one else for me.

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    The Big Picture of asking Why?

    Posted by apwood on January 9, 2008

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    Why, Why? Questions are a beautiful thing. When you ask Why? you are opening your mind, developing an understanding, and educating yourself. It is all your own – good, bad, or indifferent.

    I don’t ask Why so I know more than the next guy, it’s to learn enough facts from all sides so I can make what I feel is an educated decision that resonates with me. It has also always helped me to get to the bottom of ‘it’ (feelings, problems, etc)

    All that being said, I love questions, pondering different answers, and trying to find my ultimate happiness.

    Being a ‘Why Girl’ has its pro’s and con’s. On the positive side, I don’t do things because others do, I think I should, or because it’s easier. The result being a lot of successes.

    The down side would be the inability a lot of the time to just ‘be.’ Always wanting to know why something is, what made it that way, how i can fix it, where do i get that information, when is it going to change – is not conducive to allowing. (I know not as cute as Abbott and Costello’s ‘who’s on first’)

    I’ve found something in the Abraham Hick’s school of thought that is helping with my much needed growth in ‘allowing.’ Check it out… (www.abraham-hicks.com)

    But no matter what, and a lot of times to my better half’s dismay, I am a questioner and probably always will be!

    So for his sanity, and mine – I’ll rant my Why? questions in this blog…

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