im certain everyone remembers vocabulary tests in school…or learning vocabulary words for that matter…and when all those words seemed to have no point…ive actually got a completely random question for all you cdfreakers out there thatll bring back fond memories of your years in elementary school onward…
ok…somewhere in the english language…somewhere in the dictionary where i cant find it…there is a word with a definition that goes something like this:
a term for a word that also means its opposite. (an example i can provide you with might be a word like cleave…which means to split and to stick together).
im not sure what the word is…or if they have such words like this in other languages. anyone want to help me out in looking? ive got the english graduate department here at my university stumpped…and the english dept. here is one of the best in the u.s.!
what weve come up with so far are the following words: contranym, anti-antonym, and antiphrasis…but none of these really capture the definitionn ive given above.
anyway, im open to suggestions…and im open to words from other languages too.