Saturday, June 13, 2015

Begins With (But Isn't)

1) Think of a word that begins with SUN, even though the word has nothing to do with the Sun in either its meaning or its history.

2) Think of a word that begins with BAD, even though the word has nothing to do with badness in either its meaning or its history.

3) (Challenge) Think of a word that begins with UP, even though the word has nothing to do with the adverb up in either its meaning or its history.

2 comments:

jeff said...

Sunder/Sundry
Badge
The first UP- i thought of was Upanishad ("Nah") then Upsilon ("Still feels a bit cheat-y), then Upbraid (but i just had to look up the etymology and saw that it comes from Up + Snatch), so i guess i'll stick with Upsilon for now.

JasonZimba said...

Upsilon was my own answer to (3). I agree that spelling out a single letter to form a word feels odd, but by any criterion I can think of, it's a word. I do think one could argue that it's jargon, since most of the people who say upsilon are going to be scientists or classicists or the like.