Schnee (schnee) wrote,

Words That Don't Mean What You Think They Should

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!

Tags: english, linguistics, words, words that don't mean what you think the

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