Tag Archives: words with opposite meanings

Contronyms — Say what you mean

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Contronyms?   Never heard the word before today.  My Loveland realtor and a friend, Marc Kray, shared this website with me.

It is titled 14 words that are their opposite.   Thanks to Marc and the mentalfloss website.

Do you know others???

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Quirky words

quirky wordsEnglish is a tough language to learn. Most of us are fortunate we learned it at such an early age. It is difficult because some words have different (and sometimes opposite meaning) and others are just downright quirky.

Some words should have a clear meaning but they sure don’t. For example, the peanut is a legume, not a nut. Danish pastries were created in Austria. The cute and cuddly Koala bear is a marsupial and not a bear. Panama hats originate from Ecuador, not Panama. There is neither pine nor apple in a pineapple, no egg in eggplant and not a bit of ham in hamburger.

Now, consider these questions.

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Why do you fill in a form by filling it out?

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Sanction — good or bad?

Grace 2 years Sanction, as a verb is one of those interesting and quirky English words. If you slept through high school English class (and who didn’t?), a verb is an “action” word. Like sleep for example.

This elusive word has two meanings, and they are opposites. The label for them is auto antonyms which has Greek roots meaning a word is opposite of itself. I hesitate to have the word auto antonym in the heading. I did this with my retronym blog post, and got next to no hits on that post. Nevertheless, I forge onward.

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