Monday, July 02, 2007

Your linguistic trivia for the day, via, of course, Unfogged. I've always been aware of that class of words that are their own opposites ever since reading something in Reader's Digest as a kid or teen, but I couldn't remember the exact term for them, and the only example I could ever think of was "buckle."

Yes, I read Reader's Digest as a kid. Don't judge me! My parents had a subscription, and I read it mostly just for the jokes. To the extent that I ever flirted with right-wing ideas, I blame mostly that magazine, but it was partly P.J. O'Rourke's fault too.

1 comment:

katy said...

Buckle's pretty cool, but I think some of the others are a bit of a stretch ("weedy" is relying on some pretty obscure meanings).

I used to read reader's digest too. As far as "read" means "skimming through the pages looking for anything that looked short and interesting". I wasn't into fly fishing.

-Katye