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Word of the Day — April 24, 2013

April 24, 2013 - Scott Viau
contranym - KON-trah-NIM - (from "contrary") a newly coined word mainly used when dealing with politics

Example: "Hendrik Hertzberg in The Week magazine said it best: 'Words used as political propaganda often become contranyms - words with two opposite meanings, like "oversight" or "sanction," and often carry more than a hint of sarcasm, as with "entitlements."'"

 
 

 

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