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ezkcdude
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2011-04-08, 11:50

Pith \Pith\, v. t. (Physiol.)
To destroy the central nervous system of (an animal, as a
frog), as by passing a stout wire or needle up and down the
vertebral canal.
[1913 Webster]

Pith off!
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Xaqtly
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2011-04-08, 14:26

Here's one of my favorite words.

de·fen·es·trate
[dee-fen-uh-streyt]
–verb (used with object), de·fen·es·trat·ed, de·fen·es·trat·ing.
to throw (a person or thing) out of a window.

The opportunity to use it comes up surprisingly often.
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kscherer
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2011-04-11, 11:27

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The opportunity to use it comes up surprisingly often.
Amen to that!

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kinetic: of, relating to, or resulting from motion.

Cruise missiles move, don't they?
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2011-04-11, 12:43

cleave: to adhere closely; stick; cling

and

cleave: to cut off; sever

As best I know the only word in English that is its own antonym.
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2011-04-11, 13:54

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cleave: to adhere closely; stick; cling

and

cleave: to cut off; sever

As best I know the only word in English that is its own antonym.
Hoocked awn fawnicks werx phor mea! Ain't English a grand language?

And, yes, it's in the dictionary:

ain't: contraction of • am not; are not; is not

Boise State! … Boise State! … Boise State!
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Banana
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2011-04-11, 14:18

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As best I know the only word in English that is its own antonym.
I was once told some linguists has observed a tendency for a word to shift to a meaning that's opposite the original meaning. Maybe that's what we're seeing here? I also note that the chosen meaning of the word 'cleave' would depend on whehter we say 'cleave off of' or 'cleave to'. (to think of it, I don't think anyone would try to say something that didn't attach the word to a preposition. "I am cleaved" sounds um, weird.)

Last edited by Banana : 2011-04-11 at 16:05. Reason: Ooo, looks like someone's having a case of Monday!
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kscherer
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2011-04-11, 15:41

So "cleave off" would probably be a bit oxymoron-ish depending on how you use it?
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2011-04-11, 16:04

*headdesk*

No, I meant to say "of" instead of "off".

I fail.
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kscherer
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2011-04-11, 16:27

It's all semantics. Semantics has lead to this neat, Ken's-head-shaped dent in my marble desktop.
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2011-04-11, 16:40

I think cleave can be used solo for cut-- you can cleave your bonds, or cleave the fatted calf (root of cleaver, after all). "Cleave to" seems to be the preferred construction for attaching, however. I'm very curious how we got from one to the other, and which came first.

That which doesn't kill you weakens you slightly and makes you less able to cope until you're completely incapacitated
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Bryson
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2011-04-11, 17:12

Wth apologies to addabox (you just reminded me, that's all! )

Discrete: Separate. Distinct.

Discreet: Unobtrusive. Or: Having good judgement in conduct and speech.
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2011-04-11, 17:30

Cosmonaut: |ˈkäzməˌnôt; -ˌnät| noun : a Follower of Yuri Gagarin

see also Astronaut and Taikonaut

Today's Google Doodle animates on mouseover in honour.
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kscherer
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2011-04-11, 18:25

As opposed to:

Argonauts: a group of heroes who accompanied Jason on board the ship Argo in the quest for the Golden Fleece.

…which are effectively a group of smallish octopus

argonaut: a small floating octopus, the female of which has webbed arms like sails and secretes a thin, coiled, papery shell in which the eggs are laid.

Boise State! … Boise State! … Boise State!
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Robo
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2011-04-11, 20:59

This SMBC is relevant.
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kscherer
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2011-04-12, 00:09

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This SMBC is relevant.
Funny. I've always wondered what the inside of my stomach tasted like!
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2011-04-12, 18:00

motorcycle: a two-wheeled vehicle that is powered by a motor and has no pedals.

Bring on the nice weather!
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2011-04-14, 13:13

letter: 1 a character representing one or more of the sounds used in speech; any of the symbols of an alphabet; 2 a written, typed, or printed communication, esp. one sent in an envelope by mail or messenger

The English language is full of words like this. One word, multiple meanings. Drives me bats! I also love the "to, too, two" crap we have ensconced ourselves with. And speaking of ensconced…

ensconce: establish or settle (someone) in a comfortable, safe, or secret place

I am settled into my secret place. Woot!

Boise State! … Boise State! … Boise State!
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ezkcdude
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2011-04-14, 16:02

Quote:
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cleave: to adhere closely; stick; cling

and

cleave: to cut off; sever

As best I know the only word in English that is its own antonym.
When I read your post, I remembered that just the other day I heard a word that was it's own opposite, but couldn't remember it.

Apparently there is a word for that entire class of words: contronym

http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contronym

And "sanction" (which is on the list) was the word that I couldn't remember. I think they were discussing it on NPR during the Libya thing.

(How was that for a meta-post?)
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2011-04-14, 16:09

That's cool find, ezkcdude. Seeing the list made me gape in awe. We've been using all those words in both senses and honestly I didn't think twice about it.
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2011-04-14, 18:19

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Literally
1: In a literal sense or manner : actually 2: in effect : virtually (from Merriam-Websters Online Dictionary)
NO NO NO

So many people use "literally" wrong that they're (figuratively) damaging the word.

There's a classic Oatmeal comic about "literally." I'd post it, but it'd apparently make kscherer puke.

and i guess i've known it all along / the truth is, you have to be soft to be strong
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2011-04-22, 13:49

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NO NO NO

So many people use "literally" wrong that they're (figuratively) damaging the word.

There's a classic Oatmeal comic about "literally." I'd post it, but it'd apparently make kscherer puke.
Post away, you brat!

figurative: departing from a literal use of words; metaphorical
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2011-04-22, 14:26

You wouldn't like it. It's pretty gay.
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2011-04-22, 16:53

metaphor: a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable
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2011-04-23, 09:32

Saturday: the day of the week before Sunday and following Friday, and (together with Sunday) forming part of the weekend; also, a day I don't work, so Woot!

I thought about posting Friday but I didn't want to drum up another Rebecca Black thread derailment.

Boise State! … Boise State! … Boise State!
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2011-04-23, 15:43

lie: be in or assume a horizontal or resting position on a supporting surface; rest flat on a surface

The verb lie (‘assume a horizontal or resting position’) is often confused with the verb lay (‘put something down’), giving rise to incorrect uses such as he is laying on the bed (correct use is he is lying on the bed) or why don't you lie the suitcase on the bed? (correct use is why don't you lay the suitcase on the bed?). The confusion is only heightened by the fact that lay is not only the base form of to lay, but is also the past tense of to lie, so while he is laying on the bed is incorrect, he lay on the bed yesterday is quite correct.
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709
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2011-04-23, 15:52

prevarication: - intentionally vague or ambiguous


ambiguity - unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning


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Robo
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2011-04-23, 16:28

709, you ruined my joke. I was going to say

Night Lies n. — bitchin' song by Bang Camaro

but then you ruined everything.

(It's actually not that great of a song. So that was a white lie about "Night Lies." )

and i guess i've known it all along / the truth is, you have to be soft to be strong
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709
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2011-04-23, 16:36

Sorry. "white lies" just seemed kind've meh. And not entirely accurate.
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2011-04-23, 17:06

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Sorry. "white lies" just seemed kind've meh. And not entirely accurate.
Grey lies!

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2011-04-23, 17:13



So, so many ways to go with that.
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