Saturday, January 31, 2009

You Learn Something New Everyday: CONTRONYM

This is interesting:

Cleave: 1 to adhere firmly and closely or loyally and unwaveringly
to separate into distinct parts

Cleave is its own
antonym—a contronym. Huh! Here are some more. Comment with any others you can think of. Some of these are a bit of a stretch, but I like them anyway:

bolt - secure v run away
buckle - fasten v fall apart
custom - usual v special
dust - add fine particles v remove fine particles
fast - quick v unmoving
left - remaining v departed from
mean - average v excellent (e.g., "plays a mean game")
out - visible (e.g., stars) v invisible (e.g., lights)
screen - show v hide

I hope you find this as interesting as I do. You think about things like this too, right?


mshowalt said...

This is the coolest thing ever! I mean I really thought this was interesting and I was sad that there were no comments. It is too cool to be bereft of comments.

Dave said...

When I see cleave I can only think of one time in Earth Science in high school. One of the observational characteristics of rocks is cleavage. I found that really funny at age 14. And still do.

Britton said...

Neato. I'm going to use all of those words in both their meanings in a single sentence.