Thursday, 4 April 2013

A dollop of contronyms

Here are some words for you to puzzle over: a whole load of words that are their own opposites.

Mental Floss: 14 Words That Are Their Own Opposites

Daily Writing Tips: 75 Contronyms (Words with Contradictory Meanings)

It brings to mind the Albert Camus short story, L'Hôte. Its title has two contradictory meanings that reflect the nature of the characters in the story.

Contranyms are literally awe-ful but not awfully literal.

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