Appendix talk:Orphaned words

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Interestingly enough the three words listed all do in fact 'exist', kempt having well documented citations from the 11th century to the present day; styrene is the perfectly respectable chemical C6H5·CH:CH2 ; bue I grant is a bit of a stretch as it is an obsolete form of other words. — DavidL 13:40, 16 Sep 2004

Why is this page here as an Appendix - it looks like a perfectly normal Entry for "Orphaned" and "Orphaned Words" ??--Richardb 11:08, 21 Nov 2004 (UTC)

At orphaned should be a definition of "orphaned". -PierreAbbat 03:08, 24 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Ruthful? Wieldy?[edit]

What, exactly, is one without if one is ruthless? Is this another orphaned word? Is the opposite of 'unwieldy' still in use? If so, it's certainly not as common as its antonym. --Dvortygirl 06:32, 8 Apr 2005 (UTC)


"Stroy" is not an obsolete word from which "destroy" was formed, which once meant "create", with "destroy" as its opposite. "Stroy" is an obsolete word which was formed from "destroy" and meant exactly the same thing.

"Destroy" was taken from Latin "destruere"; while Latin did have "struere", meaning "construct", English never adopted that word.

So "stroy" doesn't really belong here at all.


Whelm threatened to overwhelm the list[edit]

Whelm is not obsolete or orphaned, considering it has its own Wiktionary entry. It's also used as a poetic abbreviation for overwhelm. --Joe Sewell 15:27, 21 December 2005 (UTC)


"gradi"? Isn't that just the word grade? --Damian Yerrick () 03:22, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

Yes, grade and progression both come from Latin gradī: progression < Old French < Latin progressionem (acc. of progressio, a going forward) < progressus (past participle of progredī, to go forward) < pro- (forward) + gradī (to step) < gradus (a step) < Proto-Indo-European *ghredh-.
grade < French < Latin gradus (a step) < Proto-Indo-European *ghredh-. —Stephen 17:56, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia information[edit]

Please see the Wikipedia articles about cranberry morpheme and fossilized term. Wavelength 06:34, 30 July 2006 (UTC)


Chalant is good as far as I know. Not in English but in Old French. See chaloir. Mglovesfun (talk) 17:35, 27 August 2012 (UTC)