Monday, May 11, 2009

Flammable and Inflammable

Consistent and inconsistent are exact opposites. Fallible and infallible are at each end of the spectrum as well, so why does flammable and inflammable mean the same thing. Of all words to switch the rules on, this should not be one of them. The mistake could be costly. "It said it was inflammable, who knew it would burn down my house? Imagine that." Inflammable sounds like something you should throw on a fire to stop it, not make it explode in flames. Will someone get out a message that the rule does not apply and inflammable does not mean what you think it does?

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