All we have left of some words, though, are shadows. They are words lost to time, and only their opposites remain.
So we have uncouth, but where is couth? And where are kempt and loof? (Oh, I do hope I'm loof!). How about the lovely ane, ert and sipid?
It's odd, but with nearly all these words we've kept the horrible one of the pair of opposites: I mean, we'd all love to be gruntled or consolate or gainly, if only we could.
We do have unswerving and impeccable and unflappable, but there are far more unwieldys and dismayeds.
Ah well! Perhaps it's just that there's only one way of getting something right, and a million ways of fouling up!
Word to use today: dishevelled. This word is from the French
deschevelé meaning bad hair (more or less), which is itself from the Latin word for hair, capillus.