Friday, January 21, 2011


The English language is a funny thing.  I’ve often wondered why the word “malign” is a verb, and “malignant” is an adjective, but “benign” is an adjective.  And, until recently, I had never come across the word “benignant”.  In the course of a week, though, I have read “benignant” (an adjective) in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and The Children by Edith Wharton.  Curious.

1 comment:

Luke said...

I never thought of that. Funny! I find I can't even figure out how to pronounce that [smile].