You would really think I should have something better to do with my time, and I do, but this is really bugging me.
Wandering through a bookshop in Taipei on Saturday I remembered that I want a thesaurus. I found one, eventually, and by way of experiment looked up ‘assinine’.
This is a word I’ve been aware of for a long time, and thought was real, but it wasn’t in the book. It wasn’t in the Oxford, Websters, Cambridge, Collins or any other dictionaries either.
Is this something I dreamt up? And if so, why do my (native speaking) colleagues all think it’s a real word too? What’s going on?
If you too are screwing around to avoid doing anything useful today, then why not distract yourself for a few moments by checking your reference books, or telling me what I’m doing wrong?