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More Words That Are Their Own Opposites

Hmmmm… Would you eat at a restaurant if you had reservations? We’ve talked about contronyms, or words that contradict themselves, before (here and here). The past posts racked up an amazing total of 25 self-contradictory words. You wouldn’t think there could be … Continue reading

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Neither Wife Nor Maid; Nobody’s Servant

“What’s wrong with the word wife?” I asked the two pairs of newlyweds. “I wouldn’t want to be called a wife,” said Pat, eyes rolling. “As if!” said Chris. “Because…?” “It sounds so subservient,” Lee said. “Man and wife, housewife: … Continue reading

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Words That Are Their Own Opposites: More Mental Floss

Ready to do some trimming? We’ve talked about self-contradictory words — known as “contronyms” (or “contranyms” and a variety of other aliases) — here before, but I’ve rounded up a selection of 14 of the best at Mental Floss.

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Extra Lex: 6 Words English Got from Hindi

More Mental Floss to keep your convolutions minty fresh. Sure, there are more, like dungarees, dinghy, jungle and gunny (as in sack), but I think these are the most interesting words English got from Hindi: http://mentalfloss.com/article/49137/6-words-english-got-hindi

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Extra Lex: 11 Words That Don’t Mean What They Sound Like

From crapulous to callipygian, Lexie’s alter ego defines 11 words that don’t mean what they sound like at MentalFloss.com.

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A Certain Something

All right. I was sufficiently caffeinated to make it to the java joint I call my office. I ordered a “tall” (small) cup of Joe, just to be legit, not that I needed it. I looked back at Ms. Big’s … Continue reading

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Word Snooper Undercover

Lexie’s off to an undisclosed location for a few weeks. Later.

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