Friday Fun With Words ~ Contronyms!

Excerpts from the following article, “30 words that are their own opposites” ~  was posted to http://www.mnn.com by Mary Jo DiLonardo, May 26, 2015
A contronym has contradictory definitions that can mess with your head.
 
DUCK

Some words are just weird. You think you’re using them correctly, but then there’s that moment of doubt. Does that word mean something else entirely? One of the ironies of the English language is that occasionally, both meanings are correct — even if they’re wildly different.

A contronym (also called a contranym or an autoantonym) is a word with two meanings that happen to be the opposite of each other. Specifically, according to the grammarly blog, “a contronym is a word with a homonym (another word with the same spelling but different meaning) that is also an antonym (a word with the opposite meaning).”
Got that?
JANUSContronyms are also sometimes referred to “Janus words” after the two-faced Roman god.
 
Here are 30 contronyms and their contradictory, two-faced definitions.
 
bolt means to clamp down but also to fleeBolt
To separate by fleeing or to hold together (as with a bolt)
 
1-CONTRONYMS6Bound
Going toward a destination or restrained from moving
 
1-CONTRONYMS1Buckle
To fasten together (with a buckle) or to bend or collapse from pressure
 
1-CONTRONYMS2Cleave
To adhere firmly and closely or to split apart
 
1-CONTRONYMSClip
To fasten (as with a paperclip) or to detach with shears (clipping your hair or your hedges)
 
ADVISEConsult
To give advice or to get advice
 
Custom
A common practice or a specially made item
 
dictionary and contranyms
Dust off your dictionary. Some words (like dust) can have clashing meanings. (Photo: d8nn/Shutterstock)
 
1-CONTRONYMS5Dust
To cover something with a fine power or to make something clean by brushing or removing dust
 
1-CONTRONYMS11Enjoin
To order someone to do something or to prohibit someone from doing something
 
1-CONTRONYMS10Fast
Firmly fixed and unmoving or able to move rapidly
 
1-CONTRONYMS12Finished
Completed or destroyed
 
1-CONTRONYMS9Garnish
To add decorative touches (to food or drink) or to take/withhold from (as in wages)
 
handicap is a contronymHandicap
An advantage given to equalize chances of winning (as in golf) or a disadvantage that makes equality difficult
1-CONTRONYMS3Sanction
To boycott or to approve 
WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPED   Have a great weekend everyone.
 I’ll see you back here next Friday for                                 Contronyms, Part II
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