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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...

monosylabic
Abreviation
phonetic
big + small


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

(or sibilance for that matter)

Bre901
26th Apr 2004, 08:17
short is longer than long (same in French)

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

Grainger
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 ?

Bre901
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? :*



;)

Bre901
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. ;)

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

Frankfurt_Cowboy
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.

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

BRE: :ok: