Sunday, April 7, 2013

Words that mean the opposite of what they mean

Here's an article on "contronyms," words like "cleave" that have two meanings which are opposites --to cling, and to separate.

The one that most drives me nuts is "seeded," to sow with seeds, and to take the seeds out.



Jenny said...

Sanction is the one that most annoys me. It can mean either approval or strong dissapproval.

Unknown said...

This isn't quite the same thing. Maybe this type of expression has a different name. But why in the world do "flammable" and "inflammable" mean the same thing? They sound like they should be opposites!

Stephen Kozeniewski said...

Citation has always bugged the heck out of me.

Alicia said...

Linda, that one could be dangerous!

Overlook is another, like "oversight".