Subscribe

Test your grammar 'smarts' with our quiz!

Think you're a grammar geek? Try these challenges.

13. What are contranyms?

What are contranyms?

(Read caption)

Pairs of often politically charged words referring to one thing from two perspectives: One man’s “discretion” is another’s “cowardice,” for example

 

Words with identical spelling and pronunciation that can mean opposite things, for example, sanction can mean approve or restrict

 

A group of personal names common in Latin America, where an entire generation of male children may be named after revolutionary heroes, leading to chaos in classes in which every boy is named “Che”

 

A fancy term for ”no” words: no, negatory, nope, nein, et al.

 
Javascript is disabled. Quiz scoring requires Javascript.

 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
FREE Newsletters
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK