Monday, May 17, 2010

Quality, knives and uncut words: A late autumn ramble

I write these words on a windless, cloudless, warm late autumn Sunday afternoon. Sweetheart Vivienne’s flown off to appear in the Sydney Writers’ Festival [1]. I’m home alone. I feel sleepy. Lethargic, Lazy. My mind wanders. Hither and thither. Free associating. Giving birth to today’s Farmdoc’s Blog post: a musing meandering ramble:

I’ve previously written of my thoughts on Quality – which I owe in large part to Robert Pirsig [2]. Regarding consumer items, quality’s essentially proportional to price. But as price increases, the incremental quality increase tapers off. So the things I buy are generally half way along the quality/price continuum.

Four weeks after my post about Riedel glasses [3], today’s photograph’s of our set of Wüsthof Trident knives. Wüsthof, founded in 1814, based in Solingen in Germany, and family-owned for seven generations, makes the highest quality knives [4, 5]. Sweetheart Vivienne and I treasure ours. We hope they become heirlooms.

Segueing on from literal to figurative cutting, I’ve started a collection – well okay, a list – of words which have prefixes or suffixes and which aren’t (to my knowledge, anyway) in common usage without their end-bits. So far I have three, i.e. uncouth, unkempt, ruthless. Have you ever come across the words couth, kempt or ruth? And can you tell me of other words that lengthen this list? If you can, please share them via a Comment. Thanks.

2 comments:

Sue said...

Good morning Farmdoc,
I think I'm on a roll this morning..
Here are my words so far:
PROnator
UNconscionable
INgenuity
listLESS (well, list is a word but has nothing to do with listless)
Have a good day.
Love & kisses xx

Chrows25 aka Leather Woman said...

unwitting;I guess respire becomes expire; repel,never saw "I was pelled to the charming young man', guess compelled would be the closest. Now I am cheating and looking in my dictionary! Whole new game here.
I am still dealing with Docs not sitting on beds,when I die I sure would like someone to sit on my bed with me, life is being sanitised to a ridiculous degree!
LONG LIVE DIRT!