In my experience, there are two general reactions to things that we don't understand: fear or fascination. From this stems my fascination with words.
And my fear of plastic furniture. But this is beside the point.
Imagine an adjective like "small." To make the comparative form, we add "-er" to make the word "smaller." To make the superlative form, we add "-est" to get "smallest."
Now it is perhaps reasonable to argue that I have chosen a bad example, in that "smaller" is longer than "small" and "smallest" is longest of all, but you get the general idea.
My question is: how many sets of three words are there where the trio takes the form of a base adjective, its comparative form, and its superlative form without being any of those things? We've come up with two sets so far:
I was wondering if anyone could come up with any more of these. Or at least make fun of me for devoting so much of my dwindling mental energies to questions such as these.