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Postby William Hupy » Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:54 am

I made the mistake - ONCE - of pronouncing this word "irrepairable". I see from the etymology that the Latin root means "not repairable" and maintained its dignity with its permutation into French as "irréparable". Is this another instance of English double dipping and using one variant as the positive and the original as the negative or is someone just having fun?
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Re: irreparable

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:17 pm

I have often heard the irrepairable pronunciation. And I have also wondered whether "parable" is actually part of the word or a coincidence.
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