Notes From Babel

Nb. More Words with Unexpected Meanings

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“Cleave” means to split apart and to stick together.

A “sanction” is a formal or legal decree.  It is also a punishment—say, for violating a sanction.

Inflammable means flammable?  What a country!

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Written by Tim Kowal

July 25, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Posted in Language

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