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#1 2011-08-18 21:08:42

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1562

"unreasonable" for unseasonable

In most instances where unseasonable would apply, one could as justifiably apply unreasonable. Unseasonably hot is unreasonably hot, if you accept that reasonably means “moderately” or “quite”, whereas unreasonably means “very” or “breaking with expectations and what is normal”. This difficulty induced me to put this entry under anything-goes slips and innovations. Nevertheless, I think the following odd ducks quack a bit like eggcorns. Mildness and warmth are intrinsically reasonable so that “unreasonably mild” has probably been primed by unseasonable.

intense storms may be adding an abnormally large amount of snow or rain; perhaps an unreasonable warm spell at high elevation is resulting in a rapid melt with ensuing flood hazards.
Snowpack survey equipment

Bigs hugs to you from foggy Ontario. We’re having an unreasonable warm spell – the snow is all melting

profits can be significantly affected by the weather. For example, unreasonably mild winters diminish consumer demand for heating and erode the profit margins for utility companies.

It’s been unreasonably mild this winter so I went down and got plates and insurance and have been riding it around when it’s not too cold.

Last edited by David Bird (2011-08-18 22:13:30)



#2 2011-08-20 15:54:22

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1101

Re: "unreasonable" for unseasonable

Am I wrong in thinking that there is something weird about the word unseasonable? Is it an adjectived verbed noun?



#3 2011-08-29 18:51:56

Registered: 2006-08-16
Posts: 130

Re: "unreasonable" for unseasonable

Unseasonable sounds like a dish you can’t add pepper to.

I think David’s examples definitely sound like eggcorns. Otherwise “unreasonably mild” sounds like an oxymoron.



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