Dec 29, 2013

Words That Are Their Own Opposites

Here’s an ambiguous sentence for you: “Because of the agency’s oversight, the corporation’s behavior was sanctioned.” Does that mean, 'Because the agency oversaw the company’s behavior, they imposed a penalty for some transgression' or does it mean, 'Because the agency was inattentive, they overlooked the misbehavior and gave it their approval by default'? We’ve stumbled into the looking-glass world of “contronyms”—words that are their own antonyms.

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Dec 25, 2013


Do not feel bad when you don't understand a native speaker. Sometimes the Americans don't understand the English.

"Jason Stratham is a major mumbler in most of his movies. Between his British accent and his persona of being too cool to enunciate clearly, my husband and I had to resort to watching this with the subtitles on, to get every last line of dialogue."

"I liked movie, but could have loved it except for the holes in the plot that were not explained and mostly the thick British accents that I could not understand as a Yank. I watched it again on Netflix and used "subtitles" and it was better.""

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