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April 04, 2013, 04:49
Robert Arvanitis
A paltry dozen? I wager this august body can double that with ease!

Herewith, an interesting piece on auto-antonyms:


April 04, 2013, 06:47
literally, really

original "unchanged" and "new"

clip "to fasten" and "to cut"

show originally meant "to look at"

learn and borrow mean "teach" and "lend" in some dialects

black is thought to come from PIE *bhel- meaning "to shine, flash, burn; shining white and various bright colours"

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April 04, 2013, 07:23
Wikipedia has an article on contranyms with (at a quick count) 29 examples.

They've been mentioned fairly often here in the past - this search will show the threads.

Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.
April 04, 2013, 09:21
Is a contradance just two lines facing one another and doing nothing?

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. -J. Krishnamurti
April 04, 2013, 10:10
A contradance is a South American rebel group party.

Give a man a fish and he can eat for one day; give a man a fishing pole and he will find an excuse to never work again.
Nollidj is power.
April 05, 2013, 20:41
So often I come across them, but of course when put on the spot I can't remember them!