Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Putting the "Un" in unwieldy

One can wield a gun. One can wield sword. Even more mightily, one can wield a pen.

If something is unwieldy, does that make it impossible to wield? There's no such word as "wieldy," and yet things can be "unwieldy."

There are thoughts that are fathomable. That does not indicate that one swims into the fathoms to ideate (or even ponder) them. Some things are unfathomable.

Being wieldy seems unfathomable. Let's deep-six this discussion.

Oh, by the way: Kudos to Annette Kramer for spelling wield correctly. "I before e, except after c."