The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: Contronym

Saturday, 3rd February 2018

Woke, adj.

Pronunciation: /wəʊk/
Etymology: < woke, past participle of wake v.

1. Originally: well-informed
2. Now chiefly: Contronymous to sense 1, over-attentive to racial or social discrimination and injustice.

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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.

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!’

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