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 Posted: Fri May 30th, 2014 08:16 pm
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katoagogo
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Mana: 
Here’s an ambiguous sentence for you: “Because of the agency’s oversight, the corporation’s behavior was sanctioned.” Does that mean, 'Because the agency oversaw the company’s behavior, they imposed a penalty for some transgression' or does it mean, 'Because the agency was inattentive, they overlooked the misbehavior and gave it their approval by default'? We’ve stumbled into the looking-glass world of “contronyms”—words that are their own antonyms.

Check out the list:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/57032/25-words-are-their-own-opposites

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 Posted: Mon Jun 2nd, 2014 10:52 am
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Mana: 
Those are fascinating and useful for anything from Oscar Wilde-ish wordplay dialogue to Shakespearean mistaken intention plot twists.

One of my old time favorites is the word "inflammable" - I'm still not sure why is exists.

A few additional "contranyms" not on that list:

GARNISH - meaning both to add to and to take away.
REFRAIN - meaning both to cease from and to repeat.
TRIM - means to add to (decorate) and to remove from.
  
Just another example of why the English language is both fascinating and frustrating.

- Jim

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 Posted: Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 05:33 am
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Mana: 
Splendid! I like it. Very insightful, especially with the etymologies.

RTurco

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