August 8, 2014
This is clearly subjective, but some words really sound like the thing they describe (personal favorites: puffin; bulbous; fidgeting). Do you have an example of such a word (or, alternatively, of a word that sounds like the exact opposite of what it refers to)? What do you think creates this effect?
It wasn’t until recently after 49 years of being on this earth that it was pointed out to me that IRREGARDLESS is not what I thought it was. Here is the explanation that I found for this. . .ahem . . word from the Urban Dictionary Online
Used by people who ignorantly mean to say regardless. According to Webster, it is a word, but since the prefix “ir” and the suffx “less” both mean “not or with” they cancel each other out, so what you end up with is regard. When you use this to try to say you don’t care about something, you end up saying that you do. Of course everyone knows what you mean to say and only a pompous,rude asshole will correct you.
This was the second item that popped into my head, when I first read the daily prompt
I thought it was asking for words that sound similar but mean completely different things, and maybe it does and my brain has decided that Friday is close enough to the weekend so that it can start shutting down early.
Anyway, this was the very first thing that popped into my mind: