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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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Contranyms, pt. 3, more words that contradict themselves

After a brief injection of “-ject” words we return to contranyms, words that have self-contradictory meanings. It turns out some apparent contranyms aren’t really one word with two opposite meanings, but two words that look and sound alike. These are … Continue reading

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Contranyms, Pt. 2. More words that contradict themselves

“Oversight” and “sanction” are far from the only English words that are their own antonyms. In the last post I referred to these two-faced words as “contranyms,” which is the most common term for them. But word buffs love coining … Continue reading

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Words That Are Their Own Opposites

In Through the Looking Glass Humpty Dumpty told Alice, “When I use a word…it means just what I choose it to mean.” Communicating with Humpty Dumpty must be like playing Ping Pong in the dark. But have you ever stumbled … Continue reading

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