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On this breezy October morn, I walk
in the swift shadows of cloud-cursing rooks,
watching the world wake on the horizon.
All houses wherein men have lived and died
Are haunted houses. Through the open doors
The harmless phantoms on their errands glide,
With feet that make no sound upon the floors.
We meet them at the doorway, on the stair,
Along the passages they come and go,
Impalpable impressions on the air,
A sense of something moving to and fro.
Neglectable vs Negligible
I came across someone using the word neglectable recently - my first reaction was to say that they were wrong - but were they ?
Most dictionaries seem to say that neglectable is an archaic form of negligible,
but when does the usage of a word become so infrequent that it is no longer correct ?
One could ask when is the usage of neglectable so infrequent that it is negligible?
I also note that my spell checker doesn't like it any more - it suggests "neglect able" or "neglect-able" (both wrong) but not negligible.
As a rule I would suggest that if a dictionary says a word is archaic then note the meaning so that you understand the text but don't use that word
- its what linguists say when a programmer would say "deprecated".