Thanks to one and all. I'll keep at it.
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gailr wrote:This word stretches from the sublime to the silly.
Shrinklits: Seventy of the World's Towering Classics Cut Down to Size includes a summary of Lolita. It includes the line, "She was ineffable and yet, as effable as she could get."
With the rise of the euphemism "effing," I wonder if "effable" is taking on a new meaning in the cited work ... :-Þ
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I came across ineffable in an old rendition of the Bible verse, 1 Peter 1:8 where it says "ineffable joy" and had to look it up. (Knox version, now out of print).
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