Inspired Inspireable

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Cyrus the Great, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. Cyrus the Great Registered Senior Member

    I appreciate it very much if you could readily explain the difference between the following.



    Thanks in advance
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  3. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

    Inspirable is not in general use.
    It would mean able to be inspired.
    It is apparently sometimes used in a medical sense, meaning breathable.
    I've never seen it used.

    Inspired means acting as though guided by the divine.
    Again the etymology is from breath.
    To be inspired is as though God had breathed life into you.
    As God can inspire whoever he pleases, inspirable is not a word that is needed.

    The word "Aspirin" comes from the name of the plant from which its parent acid was first taken, Salicylic acid, from Spiraea Ulmaria
    The plant was once a remedy for diseases of the lungs.
    Because of the number of illnesses which are helped by its effects, it has been called a "panacea", a cure all.
    If it was not for its unfortunate effect of occasionally causing internal bleeding, and subsequent death,
    the title of panacea would be justifiable.
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