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Alright, you iBle-obians are a smart and experienced bunch...

The other day, in English class, something occurred to me:

raze
(v) : to demolish; to level to the ground; to scrape as if with a razor

Raze. Always loved that word.



Okay, Instructalobians, what is the term for a word that sounds like the opposite of its meaning? As far as I know, such a category of words does not exist.

If no one knows, then I shall name it after Instructables. :D

Also, first person to post another word like "raze" gets a prize. An actual, material prize that I will mail to you. Seriously. It's pretty cool. Go for it. Stop reading this. Now. I mean it, cut it out now. Okay, you know what, if you read this sentence, you are disqualified. Aww, that's too bad, it was a really cool prize.
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Are you still here? Geeze.

PS- this is what the alphabet would look like if Q and R were eliminated.



Pic is not related, just awesome.

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gmoon9 years ago
Nice problem-- These are homonyms, but to qualify they must have contrary meanings (raze being the opposite of raise.) Here's a couple: Birth -- to 'come out' Berth -- to store or 'go back in' (as in ship's berth) Gait -- walking rhythm Gate -- stops you from walking
Takeshi_Kovacs (author)  gmoon9 years ago
Oh. And for a minute there I thought that I had had an original thought. :P
Well, these aren't ordinary homonyms, so I think it's a pretty original idea. ;-) Still, I'd be surprised if you're the first to think of it. Anyone here know if this type of homonym has a specific name?
gmoon gmoon9 years ago
Zach has it: Auto-antonym. Here's a list of self-contradicting english words.
zachninme gmoon9 years ago
Yeah, it's* not exactly an auto-antonym, but it's* the closest name for it!

  • *Yay! I didn't make a typo!
Takeshi_Kovacs (author)  zachninme9 years ago
Yay for Zach! But, I mean, shouldn't there be an exact name for it? We shouldn't tolerate such inaccuracy! Something must be done! I want something named after me! :P
Homophonal antonym? Raze is a homophonal antonym of raise.
Takeshi_Kovacs (author)  zachninme9 years ago
Hmm... I was really hoping for a one-word thing. Homophonal antonym doesn't sound right. I don't think homophone can act as an adjective, in proper English.
Sorry, Homophonous adjective.
Takeshi_Kovacs (author)  zachninme9 years ago
A homophonous auto antonym? :P
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