Words that are their own opposites

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Linguist Arika Okrent and Mental Floss illustrator Sean O'Neill (previously) explain the origins of some contronyms – words with multiple meanings, one of which is defined as the reverse of one of its other meanings – in the English language, such as "sanction", "clip", "dust" or "trim."
Welcome to the world of contronyms, where words mean something--as well as its opposite.

Arika Okrent
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