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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (May 2, 2010)

Why Illegal and Not Unlegal?

Why indeed? When a word begins with an “L” then use “il” as a prefix to mean not.

Some other common examples:

Illicit means not allowed or permitted. Licit must then mean to be allowed!

Illogical is something Spock says in Star Trek, meaning it is the opposite of ordered and reasonable.

Illiterate means unable to read or write. So, literate is what one wants to be!

Can you think of others?


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