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And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
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Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
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Neglectable vs Negligible

pryfllwydpryfllwyd The AnthropocenePosts: 1,403 mod
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".

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  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    I can imagine neglectable being a word that Charles Dickens' characters might use @pryfllwyd, or maybe would have passed into Indian-English. It has a lovely ring to it.
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