As far as I can tell, the word absurd means "ridiculous." However, "ab-" means "not" or "away from" in Latin, while "surd" means "irrational". Thus, "absurd" literally translates to "not irrational", or "rational". Does anyone have any insight as to how the word suddenly came to mean the exact antonym?
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