Monday, September 19, 2011

Contronyms = Coolest. Words. Ever.

My lovely friend Toni Wilson forwarded this list to me a few days ago. It's absolutely awesome :D Especially for someone who writes kids books and poetry. Because nothing is more fun than using the same word but having it mean two completely different things. And not just different things, but opposite things. The same word with contradictory meanings. Too dang cool. Gotta love the English language, huh LOL

The list had 75 words. I'll just post a few of them today and post a few more another day :D

1. Apology: A statement of contrition for an action, or a defense of one
2. Aught: All, or nothing
3. Bill: A payment, or an invoice for payment
4. Bolt: To secure, or to flee
5. Bound: Heading to a destination, or restrained from movement
6. Buckle: To connect, or to break or collapse
7. Cleave: To adhere, or to separate
8. Clip: To fasten, or detach
9. Consult: To offer advice, or to obtain it
10. Custom: A common practice, or a special treatment
11. Dust: To add fine particles, or to remove them
12. Fast: Quick, or stuck or made stable
13. Fine: Excellent, or acceptable or good enough
14. Finished: Completed, or ended or destroyed
15. Left: Remained, or departed
16. First degree: Most severe in the case of a murder charge, or least severe in reference to a burn
17. Flog: To promote persistently, or to criticize or beat
18. Off: Deactivated, or activated, as an alarm
19. Give out: To provide, or to stop because of a lack of supply
20. Hold up: To support, or to impede
21. Overlook: To supervise, or to neglect
22. Oversight: Monitoring, or failing to oversee
23. Peer: A person of the nobility, or an equal
24. Put out: Extinguish, or generate
25. Puzzle: A problem, or to solve one

(The original post came from Daily Writing Tips HERE)


Kate Karyus Quinn said...

I am dork cause this list totally made my morning:)

Tiffany Garner said...

Haha this is great :)

Personally I just love the word "Contronyms"

Angie Paxton said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

L. E. Neighbour said...

I'm with Tiffany. "Contronyms" is a cool word B-)

Lola X said...

Such a great post! Love visiting your blog!

Lola x

Amber Cuadra said...

These are absolutely amazing! I love words so much. :)

B.E. Sanderson said...

I'd never heard the word contronyms before - and apparently neither has my stupid spell checker. Cool post, Michelle. Thanks. =o)