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A word that is its own antonym


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#21 clemma

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 08:24 PM

Spoiler for who knew there were so many? (besides Google of course... )


And this is why the English language is so hard to learn
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#22 evilsteve70

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 05:48 PM

Here's another:
I predict that Tony Dungy will weigh his options for another year with the Colts and finally decide to resign.
Will he re-up for another season, or will he quit?

Everyone knew that one Manning would be watching the other on TV next week, right?
How about those Giants? :rolleyes:

Here's one for T.O. ... :( add a single tear coursing down the cheek.

i believe it's resign and re-sign.... but, i thought i was wrong once but i was mistaken
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#23 evilsteve70

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 05:51 PM

What about expressions that are their own antonyms? The meaning of the phrase "you don't say!" is explained as follows in the "Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English" (2006 edition): used to show you are surprised by what someone has told you - also often used when you are not at all surprised by what someone has told you.

i believe sarcasm could make this bpossibe for almost any word
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#24 LichWriter

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 06:42 PM

Spoiler for My personal favorite...

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#25 Braiser

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 09:01 PM

Hmm, I think maybe attack?
You can attack in Offence.
You can attack in Defence.
And maybe left?
One man left. (One man remaining)
One man left. (One man departed)
I may be way off.
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#26 octopuppy

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 09:19 PM

Spoiler for Here's another

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#27 faceless atheist

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 09:10 AM

such words are called Janus words. Another one is buckle. It can mean to bind, as in one two buckle my shoe; or it can mean to give way, as in my knees buckled.
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#28 Demonheat

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 09:22 AM

The word is cleave.
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#29 Vivek Bansal

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:18 AM

SCREEN

Defination 1. To hide.(The fish created a screen to escape)

Defination 2. To show. ( He screened the picture to show the facts)
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#30 TheChad08

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 05:01 AM

Spoiler for who knew there were so many? (besides Google of course... )

A lot of these are wrong. They are 'grasping at straws' to make them fit. In what situation does the word clip actually mean to unclip something? A possibility could be clip to put things together, but to clip as in to trim, but that isn't an antonym to be specific, it is more of an alternative use.

Here's another:
I predict that Tony Dungy will weigh his options for another year with the Colts and finally decide to resign.
Will he re-up for another season, or will he quit?

The correct words are resign (which is to step down) and re-sign. The hyphen is important.
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