Thursday, September 08, 2005

Word Words

I got a nice email from dictionary-lover and writer Scott Huler the other day (he actually never sends any other kind -- but don't use this as an excuse to flame him to see if you can get him to send not-nice emails!) asking about words that are their own opposites. To be exact, he was asking about phrases that can be their own opposites, such as "nobody's left", but we haven't talked about phrases of this kind in VERBATIM, only words.

So. Here are links to a column by Philip Howard on the subject (where he discusses the Janus word chuffed at length) and also one by Jon O. Newman, who talks about the words for different words: synonyms, antonyms, and one of the words we're talking about, contronyms.


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