The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: Contronym

Monday, 17th July 2017

Public convenience, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈpʌblɪk kənˈviːnɪəns/
Etymology: < public adj. + convenience n.

1. A lavatory for the convenience of the public.
2. Contronymous to sense 1, in the case of pay toilets, a lavatory for the inconvenience of the public.

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Thursday, 22nd June 2017

Hate preacher, n.

Pronunciation: /heɪt ˈpriːtʃə/
Etymology: < hate n. + preacher n.

1. A person, esp. a spiritual leader, who preaches or advocates hatred or hostility against a particular group, faith, etc.
2. Contronymous to sense 1, a person, esp. a non-spiritual non-leader, who preaches or advocates hatred or hostility against, er, hate preachers.

Tuesday, 21st February 2017

On fleeker, adj.

Pronunciation: /ɒn fliːkə/
Etymology: < fleek adj., apparently an arbitrary formation

1. More ‘on fleek’: better, more attractive, or more stylish (than someone else).
2. Usu. in form On Flickr, contronymous to sense 1: worse, less attractive, or less stylish (than anyone else).

Thursday, 20th October 2016

Big whoop, int. and n.

Pronunciation: /ˌbɪɡ ˈwʊp/
Etymology: < big adj. + whoop n.

1. int. Expressing dismissiveness: ‘So what?’ ‘Who cares?’
2. n. A big utterance of ‘whoo(p)’, contronymous to sense 1, expressing approval in place of applause: ‘Oh my God! I agree!’

Monday, 6th July 2015

May, v.

Pronunciation: /meɪ/
Etymology: < a Germanic verb with the sense ‘to be strong or able, to have power’.

1. Expressing possibility.
2. In phrase we apologise for the inconvenience this may cause you, contronymous to sense 1, expressing certainty.

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