Auto Antonyms

An archive article at long last, we haven’t seen one of those in a while ironically. In these articles I take a look back at a thing from gamboling of yesteryear – this time Auto Antonyms.

Auto Antonyms are words which have at least two meanings which contradict each other. An ideal example of this is the word “dust”. The first thing people think of is that when you dust you remove dust from your house. But of course you can also dust a cake with icing sugar which means conversely adding fine powder to something.
My dad and I used this to create a sentence which could have 1,536 meanings, find out how and also learn about the birds and the bees.

Why different species can’t mate – https://gamboling.co.uk/2006/08/28/why-different-species-cant-mate/

Literally overlook fine hard dusting custom run trial drive time – https://gamboling.co.uk/2006/09/11/literally-overlook-fine-hard-dusting-custom-run-trial-drive-time/
If you can beat 1,536 meanings of a sentence then let me know in the comments.

One thought on “Auto Antonyms

  1. I just got a letter from the NHS about my ‘Summary Care Records’, which I think can have a fair few meanings. Does ‘summary’ count as an auto antonym?

    Your 1,536 meanings can probably be added to with commas, or perhaps just one comma judiciously placed. Commas: the most misused punctuation mark we have!

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