19 Surprising Contronyms

By December 16, 2017Language

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.




“He buckled his shoes.”

“His legs buckled beneath him.”

“Her legal case was continued until after the New Year.”

“She continued to work any way.”

“They finished their work quickly.”

“They finished their enemy with a fatal blow.”

“She had to fix the kitchen tap.”

“She should get the dog fixed.”

“He had to go immediately.”

“The elastic on his pants was beginning to go.”

“She used blu tac to hold up her posters.”

“She was held up by bad traffic.”

“He was the only one left.”

“I left him at the party.”

“The light had been turned off.”

“The alarm was going off.”

“The stars are out tonight.”

“The lights went out.”

“I must overlook the work you are doing.”

“The mistake was overlooked.”

“You have 1 minute to complete this puzzle.”

“I am puzzling over this conundrum.”

“I rented this lawnmower for a week.”

“He rents his property to a nice family.”

“The schemes were officially sanctioned.”

“Due to late payment he was warned and then sanctioned.”

“The film was due to screen in 20 cities.”

“She was screened by the heavy curtain.”

“They tabled the discussion for another day.”

“They tabled a motion for immediate debate.”

“The hot sun was tempered by the cool breeze.”

“He now has tempered glass on his smartphone.”

“She could see through the transparent paper.”

“The meaning of the poem was transparent.”

“He trimmed the hedge.”

“He trimmed the hat with lace.”

“We must wind this up now.”

“He wound up acting in the play.”




Vigilante Artist Targets Messy Graffiti Writing

By | Arty, Language | No Comments
An artist in Europe is currently critiquing tags left by graffiti ‘artists’ by painting over them and replacing them with easier to read fonts. Mathieu Tremblin was born in Le Mans in 1980, and currently lives in Strasbourg, France, and travels Europe finding ways to subvert street art and advertisement.

From his website:

“Tremblin implements graphic processes of intervention inspired by anonymous, autonomous and spontaneous practices and expressions in urban space in order to question the systems of legislation, representation and symbolization of the city. He works with site specific urban intervention, performed walk, tools design, détournement of objects and uses publication, installation, photography and video to document or reinvest of his experimentations.”

If you have ever wondered what those scribbles on the walls actually mean then Mathieu is here to help. Check out some images below.

Read More

11 Jokes Only The Most Intelligent Readers Will Understand

By | Inspired by Literature, Language | 2 Comments
Take a break from expanding your mind with great literature with these silly jokes.

As a Reading Addict you probably know by now that reading makes you smarter, kinder, and fills your pockets with candies and weaves flowers in your hair.

Ok so those last two may be untrue, but it’s worth trying, right?

Is there a better way to feel smart and brilliant than laughing at a clever pun or quip? This is your chance to prove your intelligence with some ridiculous jokes found on the internet.

Read More

Dord – How a Lexicographic Error Joined the Dictionary

By | Language | No Comments
On February 28th, 1939 a dictionary editor for the Merriam-Webster dictionary noticed that under the word ‘Dord’ defined as ‘a synonym for density’, there was no etymology, leaving him wondering why. This discovery sent him on an investigation and before long an order was sent to the printers to make an urgent change to the dictionary. Read More

Leave a Reply