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Words that begin with “in-” that the New York press can use to describe Jeremy Lin’s game

Tired of the same old nouns, verbs, and adjectives being used to describe Jeremy Lin’s game — like “Linsanity” and “Lincredible”? I recommend the following to spice things up a bit, to bring a little originality and a little more of the vast English language into the discussion.


[lin-doo-bi-tuh-buhl, -dyoo-]


that cannot be doubted; patently evident or certain; unquestionable.




  1. incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible: ineffable joy.
  2. not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable: the ineffable name of the deity.


[lin-ik-spley-nuh-buhl] Show IPA


not explainable; incapable of being explained; inexplicable.


[lin-fal-uh-buhl] Show IPA


  1. absolutely trustworthy or sure: an infallible rule.
  2. unfailing in effectiveness or operation; certain: an infallible remedy.


[lin-ves-tuh-buhl] Show IPA


  1. that can be invested.


2.  an object suitable as an investment, as a rare coin.

Special thanks goes out to Webster’s,, and the early Germanic tribes from the continent of Britain in the fifth century A.D. for words that begin with “in-” in the English language.


By Jeffrey Pillow

Jeffrey Pillow is an American short story writer, memoirist, and poet. He is the author of The Lady Next Door. His writing has been published in Urge Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, 16 Blocks, USA Today, Sports Illustrated,, New York Times, Washington Post, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He grew up in the small town of Phenix, Virginia, population: 200, and now lives in Charlottesville with his wife, two kids, and a dog named Mozzarella Cheese. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was a Rainey Scholar. This is his blog.

3 replies on “Words that begin with “in-” that the New York press can use to describe Jeremy Lin’s game”

I was playing Scrabble with my wife the other day and she used the word “inkjet”. I was pissed because I could never think of a letter that could go before “i” and thus capitalise on an amazing double-word opportunity. Now I realise that I’m a moron. It’s so obvious: linkjet.

Be aware that if your wife, in a game of Scrabble, ever spells out “Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion,” that you can one-up her with “Vaseline Lintensive Care Lotion.” I hear there is a contract already in place for young Jeremy Lin for over one-milLIN dollars.

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