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Re: Inflammable as tenor singers

Posted by Bookworm on June 16, 2004

In Reply to: Inflammable as tenor singers posted by Judy on June 16, 2004

: Hello,
: This phrase is from In a German Pension by by Katherine Mansfield.
: Is it a known phrase?
: What is the origin of it.

: Thank you

Perhaps you misheard it and the word was infallible.

From M-W Online:

Main Entry: in·fal·li·ble
Pronunciation: (")in-'fa-l&-b&l
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin infallibilis, from Latin in- + Late Latin fallibilis fallible
1 : incapable of error : UNERRING
2 : not liable to mislead, deceive, or disappoint : CERTAIN
3 : incapable of error in defining doctrines touching faith or morals
- in·fal·li·bil·i·ty /-"fa-l&-'bi-l&-tE/ noun
- in·fal·li·bly /-'fa-l&-blE/ adverb