I was talking to a friend recently about how English can be rather counter-intuitive at times when it's not your native language. For instance, consider the following Words That Don't Mean What You Think They Should:
- "invaluable" sounds like it should mean "worthless", but doesn't.
- "inflammable" is not the opposite of "flammable".
- "sanction" can be both an approval or a penalty.
- "awful" and "awesome" are very different qualities.
Any others? Give 'em to me!