Does the root for "ineffable," which I imagine is "eff," have anything to do with the four letter word "f---?"

asked 2017-11-04 13:37:52 -0500

Randi gravatar image

updated 2017-11-09 09:39:49 -0500

ksteimel gravatar image

I am a retired math teacher and grandmother who loves words. I was thinking about the word "ineffable," and I imagined the word "effable," which would mean "able to be effed." Since "ineffable" has the sense of "not able to be understood deeply (my words)," I guess that "eff" would mean '" to understand deeply." Then I wondered if this could connect to the origin of the four-letter word "f---" (which maybe the computer wouldn't send - I don't know). Any ideas?

Many thanks!

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