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Onan the Clumsy
26th Apr 2004, 03:22
meaning words that do the exact opposite of the thing they describe, like...

big + small

...and who was the cruel bastard who put an S in lisp? :p

(or sibilance for that matter)

26th Apr 2004, 08:17
short is longer than long (same in French)

26th Apr 2004, 08:55
And onomatopoeic isn't. :*

26th Apr 2004, 09:10
Basically, you can classify all words into two groups:

Autological: that is, words that describe themselves

and Heterological: words that do not describe themselves.

So words like "polysyllabic" and "noun" are autological, whereas "monosyllabic" and "green" would be heterological (unless you wrote it thus: "green" in which case it would be autological ).

All of which is very neat and tidy until you consider the words "autological" and "heterological" themselves - which category do they belong to ?

26th Apr 2004, 09:25
Gödel pray for us :8 :8

Onan the Clumsy
27th Apr 2004, 00:40
So it was Grainger who killed this thread then? :*


27th Apr 2004, 00:45
I'm afraid it's me :(
Looks like I have some talent for that (I almost killed the Mystery airplane quiz on AH&N) :{

Luckily, it seems there is no easy way to count how many threads a given PPruner has killed. ;)

27th Apr 2004, 00:45
I may speak to you all quite sharply, unless I speak bluntly.

27th Apr 2004, 01:58
Not really the same thing but the phrase "Honeymoon period" has always perplexed me.

Not at all the same thing, nothing to do with the topic, but it's late so I'll leave it.

27th Apr 2004, 08:56
Not killed, Onan - just disappeared for a while into an infinite loop of its own logic ;)

BRE: :ok: