195Views26Replies

Author Options:

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

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.
.
..
....
........
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.

Discussions

0
None
gmoon

10 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

0
None
Takeshi_Kovacsgmoon

Reply 10 years ago

Oh. And for a minute there I thought that I had had an original thought. :P

0
None
gmoonTakeshi_Kovacs

Reply 10 years ago

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?

0
None
zachninmegmoon

Reply 10 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!
0
None
Takeshi_Kovacszachninme

Reply 10 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

0
None
Takeshi_Kovacszachninme

Reply 10 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.

0
None
zachninmeTakeshi_Kovacs

Reply 10 years ago

Err... "Homo" means same. So you're saying either "same self opposite onym" or "hame against onym"

0
None
Patrik

10 years ago

"Inflammable" would fit your "sounds like the opposite of its meaning" requirement. It *sounds* like it should be the opposite of flammable. Turns out it's actually a synonym. Quite annoying word!

It's unfortunately not a homophonous antonym though. Just an antonym-sounding synonym...

0
None
Takeshi_KovacsPatrik

Reply 10 years ago

Which detracts from its awesomeness? Perish the thought.

0
None
guyfrom7up

10 years ago

there's a bunch, they just have to sound the same. accept except affect effect advise advice it's its lead led to too two their there they're etc...

0
None
uguyguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

two, to, too, I always wondered how to write "There are three tos, (toos, twos) in the English language.

0
None
Takeshi_Kovacsguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

That's close, but not what I'm talking about, actually. Those are homophones, I believe. In my case, we are only concerned about one word, and that the meaning of the word in question is the opposite of what the pronunciation of the word would make you think the meaning was.

0
None
Takeshi_KovacsSpl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 10 years ago

That's a different thing, too. :P "Mine" is a homonym, a homophone, and a homograph. But we're talking about a word that has the opposite meaning of what its pronunciation sounds like. If you raze a building, you're doing the opposite of raising it. Hard to explain. :P

0
None
zachninme

10 years ago

Auto-antonym? Its not exactly it... but its close...

0
None
Takeshi_Kovacszachninme

Reply 10 years ago

Now, I hate to be that guy... (Read: Love to be that guy)... but it really is "it's" with an apostrophe. The apostrophe denotes a contraction of it and is, and is not present when one is talking about an "it" possessing something. Thanks for the speedy reply. I've been sitting here slapping f5 every 30 seconds, waiting.

0
None
zachninmeTakeshi_Kovacs

Reply 10 years ago

*thinks of a speedy lie*
This keyboard doesnt have a apostrophe/quotation mark key? Yeah, thats it...
OR
You misunderstood me, by "Its not exactly it", I meant "Its meaning is not exactly it"... but I forgot the "meaning is" for some bizzare reason...

...at least I didn't pull a "They'res"... I've been doing that too much... I've also been forgetting the ' in "there's"... damn my colloquial internet grammar!

0
None
Takeshi_Kovacszachninme

Reply 10 years ago

Well, you get points back for spelling colloquial correctly.