An abstract noun for 2013

My wife points out that, just as the abstract noun corresponding to the adjective “strong” is “strength” and the abstract noun corresponding to”long” is “length”, so the abstract noun corresponding to “wrong” should be “wrength”.

So instead of referring to “the profound wrongness of the Daleks’ being on the side of the allies in WWII” in my Victory of the Daleks review, I should have said the wrength of the Daleks’ being on our side.

She also points out that the heroine of The Hunger Games should have been Katth Everdeen.

5 responses to “An abstract noun for 2013

  1. That reminds me of the Jargon File opposite of optimal:
    http://www.retrologic.com/jargon/P/pessimal.html

  2. I use “pessimal” all the time. It’s such a useful term (admittedly mostly as an insult) that for me it’s completely transcended its origin as a joke coinage.

  3. Ha! So it’s not for the 21st century, but from the 5th-12th centuries!

  4. That’s cool. :-)

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