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Contranyms
Nothing illustrates the importance of context more than a word that can have opposite meanings.
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Daffynitions
When Frank Ball was a kid learning English, he wasn’t always clear on the meaning of words. In a business he noticed a sign Off-ice, and wondered if this place was warmer or colder than an ice house. His dad drove a Ply-mouth, and he wondered what eating had to do with automobiles. As an adult, he has learned to appreciate the application of words to unexpected meanings.
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The King of Ing
Sometimes we grasp a lesson better if we overdo what we’ve been told not to do. Could we write an interesting story, 100 percent grammatically correct, that used -ing words to a fault?
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The Myth of Ith
The English language has no genderless singular pronoun for “he or she,” so why not use ith?
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