Friday, August 26, 2005


Today in the Sun-Times Mike Kiley wrote that "While Hendry is likely to examine trade possibilities for Patterson, his chances to get equal value in a one-for-one deal are slim with Patterson's stock deplenished."

I was unfamiliar with the word "deplenished" but thought I might be facing an "upsurge" situation, where a word that seems redundant to me turns out to be in the dictionary. I mean, "deplenished" certainly seems like it could be the opposite of "replenished." I don't know what "plenished" means either.

In any case, did not have an entry for it, and now I am wondering what the deal with this word is. Anyone with thoughts on the topic should feel free to leave a comment. My thoughts on the matter are thoroughly deplenished.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Irregardless of your under deficient dictionary, this usage seems authorized by whomever authored it.

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just used this word in a sentence. My co-worker called me on it...and it doesn't seem to be a word...except you can find it everywhere on Google...including you blog.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have found a "dictionary" that has this word...

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 years after this article was posted and people are still using the word (including me or is it I ?) I was unable to get my spell checker to verify the word so I googled it and that IS how I ended up here !

9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 years and 3 months later, and this entry still tops Google on this "word." I don't think it actually exists as a "real" word. By any measure, OED doesn't list it. I think we are mentally conflating "diminish" with "replenish." FYI, I'm a lawyer, and we regularly ask clients to replenish their retainers. Thus, when I was explaining to the Court that a client had not done this, I stated "...long after our retainer was deplenished." With no assurance that this word exists, I later changed it to "...our retainer was exhausted." This latter construction seems to "fit" in the place of the word "deplenish." Ain't grammer uh gorjus thang?

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

before the days of abridged and incomplete online dictionaries there was this thing called an unabridged dictionary. hard cover. many pages of paper with lots of words and their definitions included. i would look there. i believe merriam webster has this word in their online unabridged version.

1:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too was typing this word and could not figure out why the word had the dreaded red line underneath notifying me that it wouldn't pass the spell checker. I knew I was spelling it correctly. I too "Googled" it and ended up on this blog. I would not trust the Urban Dictionary, which also showed in Google's search. If it only shows in the Urban Dictionary and no others, I would bet it isn't a "real" word and I'd best leave it out of my writings and my vocabulary. I was an English major and yes, it is now 2010.

12:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I mumbled "ooh deplenish" to myself when checking the paper supply after a long run on a shared printer, today. I thought "depleted, so replenish" but said "deplenish." It feels nice falling off the lips, and for a while I thought I was unique, creative. Now, I'm just a little confused, but I'm keeping the word for the fun of it. Summer - 2011

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the first "anonymous" that responded, it is hard to take your opinion in to account when you are using a word that isn't considered a real word to begin with. It is always "regardless", "irregardless" is not a word. Look it up.

2:56 PM  

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