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Why aren't some words words?

Why are some words not words you ever hear used?  In fact, if you use them, you have a good chance of being perceived as unintelligent. If unbelievable means NOT believable and unimaginable means NOT imaginable, then uncouth means NOT couth.  But couth isn't a word that is ever used.  The dictionary describes "uncouth" as strange, clumsy, lacking in polish and grace, so "couth" would be the opposite of uncouth.  And if you look in the dictionary, you will find this to be the case.  But nobody ever uses it, well...almost nobody: "You can get yus' as couth as you wan' as long as it doesn' cos' me any money!"-Ricky Ricardo, I Love Lucy Isn't it strange that we can...

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Foot in Mouth Marketing

Do you ever wonder if FIMM has infiltrated the marketing world?  Have you noticed recently how many newsletters, sales ads, cable TV commercials and products have gone out without benefit of a good editor? There's a funny that's been making the internet rounds for years which shows you the power of the human mind to grasp the meaning of the written word even though certain letters are missing. "Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae...

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Foot in Mouth Disease

You've all heard the expression, "Open mouth; insert foot!" I call it Foot in Mouth Disease and feet are the delicacy of FIMM: Foot in Mouth Man.  But FIMM is so funny precisely because we all can relate. We have all been FIMMpersonators at one time or another.  It's just that FIMM sticks his foot in his mouth so often he has Athlete's Tongue! There is a story floating around the internet that the Arizona Republic was supposed to have reported.  I cannot find the original story, but that is not unusual as I have been known to search Google for "pickles" and end up with information on juice boxes! The story is about a man named Terry Mikel who...

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