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antonymic homophones aka homophonic antonyms

Posted By: Shawfan

antonymic homophones aka homophonic antonyms - 10/24/05 05:01 PM

A fascintaing though very small class of paired words is "homophonic antonyms" or "antonymic homophones." (These are both my own coinages as far as I know.) That is, words that sound alike but mean exactly opposite things. My classic example is To "raise" (build) a building and then "raze" (destroy) it to the ground. then there's another one that comes close without being perfect: All credit cards "accepted" "except".... Can anyone add to this list?
Posted By: of troy

Re: antonymic homophones aka homophonic antonyms - 10/24/05 06:30 PM

cleave/cleave
Posted By: wofahulicodoc

the more they stay the same, the more they change - 10/24/05 07:23 PM

I saw an entire crossword puzzle once with the "cleave/cleave, sanction/sanction" theme - but this is slightly different: homophones rather than homonyms, i.e. different spellings and opposite meanings, rather than same spelling/divergent meanings. We'll need a slightly different set of instances, then...
Posted By: musick

Re: antonymic homophones aka homophonic antonyms - 10/25/05 06:54 PM

All credit cards "accepted" "except"....

Although very, very slight, I caught myself making a bit more of a stressed "ack" (acc...) than the "eck" (exc...) when I read those to my mind the first time, yet speaking them out produced much more similar sounds.
Posted By: Alex Williams

Re: antonymic homophones aka homophonic antonyms - 11/01/05 12:01 AM

When your contract expires you could either re-sign or resign.
Posted By: DavidLaurence

Re: antonymic homophones aka homophonic antonyms - 11/23/16 08:43 PM

Another category of homophonic antonymns would be phrases, clauses or sentences that sound alike but have quite different or even opposite meanings. One that my wife used the other day without realising it was: "my back's seizing up" which sounds almost the same as "my back's easing up"
Posted By: LukeJavan8

Re: antonymic homophones aka homophonic antonyms - 11/23/16 08:50 PM

WELCOME
Posted By: wofahulicodoc

Re: antonymic homophones aka homophonic antonyms - 11/24/16 02:36 AM

...that would be a subset of Mondegreens, a kind of ambiguous phrase deriving its name from a misunderstanding:

A poem read
"...they took the Lord and laid him on the green..."
but it was mis-heard as
"...they took the Lord and Lady Mondegreen..."
Posted By: A C Bowden

Re: antonymic homophones aka homophonic antonyms - 12/05/16 07:26 PM

Hypertension/hypotension (in some British pronunciations).


Originally Posted By: DavidLaurence
Another category of homophonic antonymns would be phrases, clauses or sentences that sound alike but have quite different or even opposite meanings. One that my wife used the other day without realising it was: "my back's seizing up" which sounds almost the same as "my back's easing up"

The cricket captain expected his batsmen to be bold/The cricket captain expected his batsmen to be bowled.

She likes being chaste/She likes being chased.

I know some strong people throughout the government/I know some strong people threw out the government.
Posted By: rdahlgren

Re: antonymic homophones aka homophonic antonyms - 12/19/16 07:35 PM

Innumerable (too many to be counted) and enumerable (able to be counted) is my personal favorite.
Posted By: LukeJavan8

Re: antonymic homophones aka homophonic antonyms - 12/19/16 09:33 PM

Originally Posted By: rdahlgren
Innumerable (too many to be counted) and enumerable (able to be counted) is my personal favorite.




WELCOME
Posted By: A C Bowden

Re: antonymic homophones aka homophonic antonyms - 12/21/16 02:18 AM

Originally Posted By: rdahlgren
Innumerable (too many to be counted) and enumerable (able to be counted) is my personal favorite.

Also, irrupt (break in) and erupt (break out).
Posted By: wofahulicodoc

What? I can't hear you! - 12/21/16 02:36 AM


And don't forget EARRUPT - "My tympanic membrane just broke"... [scuttle-off-quickly-and-hide emoticon]

Posted By: may2point0

like, the channel? - 12/21/16 03:01 PM

Sound off = mute
Posted By: A C Bowden

Re: Louis XIV - 12/24/16 03:32 AM

Louis XIII died in 1643; the Sun King then reigned until 1715.

Louis XIII died in 1643; the son king then rained until 1715.
Posted By: wofahulicodoc

Isaac Asimov's triple pun - 12/24/16 01:22 PM


His kids ran the cattle ranch, and it was named "Focus," because that's where the sons raise meat.
Posted By: A C Bowden

Re: More homophonous drollery... - 01/03/17 02:30 AM

Road vehicle/rowed vehicle

Reckless drivers are seldom wreckless drivers.

If you have all the parts, you have a whole; if you don't have all the parts, you have a hole.
Posted By: Baldilocks

Re: More homophonous drollery... - 04/11/17 08:30 PM

Closely related is the text that I sent my wife who is currently skiing in a bit of a heat wave. She didn't message me to say how it was so I sent the following:

Well - what's the verdict?
Was the trip worthwhile or worthless?
Are the slopes awesome or awful?
Will the skiing be terrific or terrible, appealing or appalling?
Will you be on-piste or pissed off?
Will you be wining or whining
Do tell.
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