contronym is a word that has two opposite meanings"
and pronunciation are not the only things that make English difficult.
Contronyms are another problem. A contronym is a word that has two
opposite meanings. Here are some examples:
to fasten / to cut (I'll clip these papers together. / I clipped
his picture out of the newspaper.)
to bolt - remain firmly in place / run quickly
(The tables were bolted to the floor. / I realised I was late so
to buckle - to fasten / to fall apart. (He buckled
his shoes up. / The bridge buckled under pressure.)
to screen - to show / to hide (The movie is screening
now. / He used plants to screen the ugly view.)
Teenagers often take words and use them in the opposite way to their
usual meanings. For example 'wicked' usually means
'evil and bad' but teenagers use it to mean 'excellent and good.'
(It was a wicked movie.)
a language is like doing a puzzle. English isn't always an easy