Amelia Bedelia for L2

by Dr Davis on December 13, 2015

True Confession Time:

I have always loved the Amelia Bedelia stories. That is not what I need to confess, though. Everyone who loves words should love those books.

What I have to confess is I didn’t know that words that mean the opposite of each other are called contronyms.

dust contronym Amelia Bedelia

Dust is a contronym.

So are
buckle
cleave
overlook
peruse
ravel
rent
sanction
screen

For when I am teaching linguistics or my ESL bridge class.

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