If you can be discombobulated, can you be combobulated?
Discombobulated is a quirky adjective used to describe someone who is concerned, disconcerted, or perhaps even a little confused. But, according to English language rules, if discombobulated is a word, then combobulate must also exist as the prefix -dis implies the negative or the opposite of something. Therefore, someone must also be able to be combobulated, to be lucid and clear of concern.
Unfortunately, the extensive list of Latin prefixes you memorized in 8th grade has forsaken you in this instance as the word discombobulate is made-up! It is a mock-Latin term most likely derived from the old word discombobricate which can no longer be found in a dictionary, much less in daily conversation. The modern word of discombobulate(d) stems from crazy Americans trying to coin new words in the 1800’s using Latin roots.
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