One for the literati.
Is there a word that descrpibes the use of say word A to describe word B but word A has the opposite meaning…I’ll explain..
Doctor asks..” how are you finding your new diet “?
Teenage patient..” it’s phat “
Waiter to teen ” how’s your food? “
Teen ” Sick ” ( means awesome )
I thought of these two today whilst preparing tea. I’m sure there must be others but can’t think of any, and these two are modern variants that would of only come about the last few years.Posted 4 years ago
Those new gold hope hubs are THE SH**!!
well to be quite honest with you, you young rapscallion, I paid rather a large wad for these perfectly CNC milled British made hubs, and I think if they actually were “THE SH**” I would be putting them in a cellophane bag and disposing of them correctly in a Dog refuse bin in my local park. You are quite incorrect. GOOD DAY.Posted 4 years ago
I don’t think your examples are particularly good OP (sorry but I can’t see anyone using the words in the contexts you describe), but with the classic Jacko use of “bad” to mean “good” that Kevev mentions I would say it’s idiomatic (although this doesn’t specifically apply to the use of opposites).Posted 4 years ago
MuppetWrangler, you might have a point with the rappings and the hippity hoppings. I recall “phat” being a graffiti term for awesome big fat bubbly spraypainted letterforms that looked cool ie “phat” therefore “phat” = “cool”. Might be wrong though. Maybe the Phat beats came first.Posted 4 years ago
I recall “phat” being a graffiti term for awesome big fat bubbly spraypainted letterforms that looked cool ie “phat” therefore “phat” = “cool”. Might be wrong though. Maybe the Phat beats came first.
I don’t think you could ever really uncover the etymology of any of these words, a lot of them seem to have evolved almost organically. Either of these explanations could be true, or both of them or neither of them! Maybe “phat” refers to “fat booties”?Posted 4 years agoedlongMember
I don’t think you could ever really uncover the etymology of any of these words, a lot of them seem to have evolved almost organically.
That pretty much describes the evolution of all language, over all time, everywhere, with words created by specific people on specific dates being very much the exception rather than the rule.
Finding sources for etymologists these days isn’t the problem, it’s filtering them. Until quite recently only a very small educated elite committed anything to writing, these days anyone with a smartphone and a thumb is contributing to the evolution of the language, innit?
EDIT: I’m liking eightyeight’s “antonymous” as an answer to the OP.
EDIT EDIT: Although I prefer joemc’s “antagonym” actually, now that I’ve seen it.Posted 4 years ago
*LIKES* thread. A lot of people say modern technology is dumbing down language, what with the yoof never actually writing anything down with a fountain pen and paper and putting it in an envelope with a wax seal and putting it in a letterbox etc. I am of the opinion that technology is really transforming language and giving people more access to communication than ever before. Everything is so much faster, and maybe our brains are evolving to keep up. Can’t wait till we get to the point where there is no technological or language barrier between communication (yes, I am a sci fi geek!)
EDIT: Tymbian, Zilog’s right y’know. Those examples you quoted would never happen in real life. But I get what you mean though in the OPPosted 4 years agouser-removedMember
what with the yoof never actually writing anything down with a fountain pen
I am also not going to add anything meaningful to the discussion and it looks like the OP’s curiosity has been satisfied, but I will say that technology (perusing this forum on my phone last night) led me to buy a couple of disposable fountain pens on eBay. Specifically the handwriting thread.Posted 4 years agoRickosMember
Holy thread resurrection, Batman!
Came across this yesterday and it reminded me of this thread (well, the original question at least).Posted 4 years ago
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