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19 Surprising Contronyms

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Contronyms are also known as ‘auto-antonyms’, a word with multiple meanings with one being the contradiction of another. For example: to dust is to remove debris from a surface, while to dust can also mean to sprinkle something onto a surface… We can dust the worktop to remove any debris before placing the cake down to then dust it with icing sugar.

Here are some of our favourite contronyms in the English language.

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What Happens When Predictive Text Botnik Re-Writes Harry Potter

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What happens when a community of writers, developers, and artists get together to create something strange and wonderful?

Botnik.

Botnik is described as “augmented content creation” and one of its most hilarious algorithms is the Predictive Keyboard. Taking a chapter from J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, a group of clever clogs at Botnik have re-written it using the predictive bot… Be warned: this reimagining will make you either laugh or cry, Potterheads!

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30 English ‘Lost Words’ Discovered by Researchers

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We’re passionate about language here at For Reading Addicts, without it we wouldn’t have all the wonderful literature we do. From obsolete words to words in other languages that don’t translate, we love a good language story and what follows is the best of ‘good language stories’. Researchers have discovered 30 undocumented ‘lost’ words, that is words that have fallen from use and are no longer recorded in the dictionary. Read More

5 Fantastic Finds for Reading Addicts with Sight or Hearing Impairments

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Those with sight and hearing impairments have various systems to use in order to communicate including sign language and braille.

An early record of the idea of sign language was by philosopher Socrates who said: “If we hadn’t a voice or a tongue, and wanted to express things to one another, wouldn’t we try to make signs by moving our hands, head, and the rest of our body..?”

In Western societies it was as early as the 17th century when hand and finger movements were used to spell out words. The systems have evolved rapidly and now people with hearing impairments have the freedom to communicate as they please. The only disability is when those of us who have no such impairment have, for our shame, not learnt any sign language ourselves…

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Lost Dictionary of Slang Written by Anthony Burgess Discovered

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Writer Anthony Burgess is best known for his modern classic novel A Clockwork Orange, which centres around a gang who engages in ultra violence whilst speaking in a Russian-influenced style of slang invented by Burgess called ‘Nadsat’. Burgess was fascinated by slang and, over 50 years ago, began writing a slang dictionary, which was thought lost but has now been rediscovered. Read More

6 Sweary Adult Colouring Books to Release the Stress

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Sometimes life can get just a bit too much and we need an outlet… Somewhere to release the pent up stress and irritation. Occasionally even reading doesn’t help, what with all the negative thoughts floating about our heads, distracting us from truly being absorbed by our favourite books.

This is where a bit of colouring in can help, even if you just stab at the page with a red pencil while screaming obscenities. Regular colouring books are good, adult colouring books are great, but colouring books that swear along with you? They are THE BEST.

Just take a look…

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Latin phrases We Still Use Today

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Every language belongs to a particular language family and this family tree is indeed huge with extensive branches. Latin; a language belonging to the Italian branch of the Indo-European language family, and the mother of romance languages like Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese is considered a dead classical language today. Originally spoken in the Italian Peninsula and once widespread throughout the Roman Empire, it is now a language very rarely used in everyday communication or for official purposes. Though linguists consider this as a dead language, one can say that it lives on in its descendants like Italian, French and even English. Read More

We Only Speak TXTSLNG

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Yo. il meet u 2moro n den we cn dcyd wats 2 b done 4 Claire’s bday. Pls ask Anne 2 join us 2. Oh n I saw d vid u sent. Lol. So kul! Anyway, cu 2moro. Lmk d tym. Gtg.

If you were able to read and understand that entire message perfectly, you officially speak texting lingo.

Standard SMS messages originally had a limit of 160 characters and, indeed, many still do. Read More