Unusable Words and Contronyms

“‘Rick stared into Sheila’s beautiful, depthless eyes.’ Rick has clearly met a babe—and she is either superficial or profound.” – Brad Leithauser for The New Yorker on contronyms and why words become unusable: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/10/unusable-words.html?utm_source=tny&utm_campaign=generalsocial&utm_medium=facebook

Contronyms (or auto-antonyms) are words with contradictory meanings – words that are their own opposites. Brilliant if you’re asked to find their antonym in a quiz or exam, but a pain in the neck if you want to use them correctly in a sentence. Here’s an article and a list of contronyms to help you:



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