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Re: CHAT: Rumpelstiltskin (was Re: milimpulaktasin)

From:Rik Roots <rikroots@...>
Date:Friday, May 4, 2001, 18:51
> From: "Roger Mills" <romilly@...> > > >Of course, "beautiful" and "ugly" connote very different value > > >judgements--at least in our culture. Perhaps in Milimpulaktasin culture, > > >any sort of deviation from ordinary plain looks (whether towards the > > >beautiful end or the ugly end of the spectrum) is equally praised or > > >ridiculed. An amusing idea, if implausible. > > > > > A rare phenomenon, though not unattested. English "cleave" 1. split 2. > > cling to (arch.) is at least one ex. > > I think I've seen them called 'contronyms'. > > Another is 'fast' [1. quickly in motion, 2. solidly stationary] > ...and 'sanction' [1. permit, 2. forbid] > ...and 'bolt' [1. fasten, 2. run away quickly] > ...and 'dust' [1. to remove dust, 2. to cover in dust] > ...and 'bad' [1. not good, 2. good (80's slang...)] >
I like the "endorse" joke told by Jasper Carrot, where he was driving across America and got stopped by a highway patrolman. The patrolman was very impressed when he saw Jasper's driving licence because it had been "endorsed three times". Getting your driving licence endorsed in Britain is not a good idea, if you want to keep driving.
> ISTR also that IE roots meaning 'give' occasionally got reflected as 'take' in > daughter languages--Watkins lists *ghabh- > Eng. 'give', Irish <gaibid> 'takes' > and *nem- > Ger. <nehmen> 'take', Gk. <nemein> 'distribute', as well as > nonstandard English usage of 'loan'.. > > *Muke! >
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