Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Homographic Homophonic Autantonyms

I think 'draw', as in 'draw the curtains' - which could be open or close them - is one too.

Darn tricky things they are, whatever the case...

Here are some more from Wikipedia...

  • "Apparent" can mean "obvious" or "seeming, but in fact not".
  • "Back" can mean "regressive" as in "to go back in time", or it can mean "progressive" as in "to push back a deadline".
  • "To buckle" can mean "to fasten" when used transitively or "to bend then break" intransitively.
  • "To cleave" can mean "to cling" or "to split".
  • "Fast" can mean "moving quickly" as in "running fast," or it can mean "not moving" as in "stuck fast."
  • "To overlook" can mean "to inspect" or "to fail to notice".
  • "Oversight" (uncountable) means "supervision", "an oversight" (countable) means "not noticing something".
  • "Off" can mean "deactivated" as in "to turn off", or it can mean "activated" as in "the alarm went off".
  • "Refrain" means both non-action and the repetition of an action, e.g. in musical notation.
  • "To sanction" means "to permit", and also "to punish".
  • "Shelled" can mean "having a shell" or "has had the shell removed" (as in shelling).
  • "To stint" means "to stop", but the noun "stint" refers to the interval of work between stops.
  • "Strike", in baseball terms, can mean "to hit the ball" or "to miss the ball".
  • "To weather" can mean "to endure" (as in a storm) or "to erode" (as in a rock).
  • "Weedy" can mean "overgrown" ("The garden is weedy") or stunted ("The boy looks weedy").
  • "To dust" can mean to remove dust (cleaning a house) or to add dust (dust a cake with powered sugar).
  • "Yield" can mean "to produce" (as in a chemical equation) or "to concede" (as in driving).
  • "Resign" can mean "give up or quit" or "continue".


Crawl On

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