Posted by: episystechpubs | April 3, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Phantonyms

Here’s a fun new term: phantonym. Today’s Friday fare is from Tyrannosaurus Lex: The Marvelous Book of Palindromes, Anagrams, & Other Delightful & Outrageous Wordplay, by Rod L. Evans, Ph.D. (pp. 140-142). I’ve selected several phantonyms to share with you.

Phony Opposites: Phantonyms

A phantonym is a word or phrase that appears to be opposite in meaning to another word or phrase but isn’t.

ahead afoot
back up back down
badly goodly
breakdown breakup
cargo bus stop
catalog dogwood
coffee coffer
downfall uprise
enrage outrage
famous infamous
forgive forget
founder loser
giveaway getaway
headlights footlights
hereafter therefore
inception exception
inning outing
intend extend
left off Right on!
maternity dress paternity suit
offset onset
outhouse in-house
outgrown ingrown
pair impair
pale impale
shut-out shut-in
undergo overcome
upright downright
walkout run in

Kara Church

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