Charlie Buttrey

September 11, 2021

I always thought that the word “cleave” was the only word in the English language which could be defined in two ways which were the opposite of each other.

I have been educated.

For instance, what about “oversight” (which could mean oversee or overlook)? Or “left” (“after that guy left the room, there were several people left”).  And “dust” (you can apply dust, as when you dust crops, or you can remove it, as when you dust the furniture).

When you seed the lawn, you add seeds.  When you seed a tomato, you remove them.

You can stone a peach, or you can stone a witch.

You can resign your position, or resign for another term.

You can screen a movie, or you can screen things from view.

You probably use the word “continue” in the context of persisting in something. We lawyers use it when we want to put a temporary halt to the proceedings.

And what about go? As in, “This car could really go until it started to go.”

I was just tossing the idea out.

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