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Verbal Energy Mind the lexical gap, and the cranberry morpheme

'Unpaired' words can be a source of fun, but these 'lonely negatives' have a real place in language.

By Ruth Walker / August 27, 2013

Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor/File

When a linguistic issue so captures the public imagination that even the "Car Talk" guys are talking about it, it's time to pay heed.