Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: "ungood"

  1. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
    Key Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Current Location:
      • Saudi Arabia

    • Join Date: Aug 2012
    • Posts: 1,620


    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    :up': (And 'Give to me a pen' is very stilted, though I wouldn't say it was ungrammatical; 'Give a pen to me' is less ungood! )
    The question is this: Why has the prefix un- been typed/printed in italics. Note that the whole word leans to the right, but if you take a look at the original post, you will see that the prefix un- is only sloped to the right.Please note that a link has been added to the original post in the above quote.

    Having checked Urban Dictionary and found the following:

    bad, originating from the fictional language Newspeak in George Orwell's novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four". Newspeak is closely based on English but has a greatly reduced and simplified vocabulary and grammar.
    Urban Dictionary: ungood

    Additionally, we have some rules here. Others rules have been left since I couldn’t read them well.

    Italic type


    When to use

    Emphasis: "Smith wasn't the only guilty party, it's true".
    Foreign words, including the Latin binomial nomenclature in the taxonomy of living organisms: "A splendid coq au vin was served"; "Homo sapiens".
    Italic type - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Also, I have checked Collins Dictionary.
    italic (ɪˈtælɪk )
    a style of printing type modelled on this, chiefly used to indicate emphasis, a foreign word, etc
    British English: italics Italics are letters which slope to the right. Italics are often used to emphasize a particular word or sentence.

    Definition of italics | Collins English Dictionary

  2. Moderator
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 25,903

    Re: "ungood"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    The question is this: Why has the prefix un- been typed/printed in italics?

    You mean like this: ungood.

    The italics are to show that the word is non-standard or slang.


  3. Raymott's Avatar
    VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,747

    Re: "ungood"

    Also the wink smiley is an invitation not to take it so seriously.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 17-Sep-2012, 04:23
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-Jul-2012, 19:53
  3. [Vocabulary] Difference between "health" and "wellness", "Diagnosis" and "Analysis"
    By tobysky in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Dec-2010, 23:43
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-Sep-2008, 08:27
  5. confusing words "expressed" or "express" and "named" or"names"
    By Dawood Usmani in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26-Oct-2007, 19:33


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts