Her post a few days ago was a usual sort: Words that are their own antonym with a link to fun-with-words. "Auto-antonym has Greek roots meaning a word that is the opposite of itself."
Here are a couple of the examples given:
| restrained (e.g. by rope)|
to spring; leap
| to fasten together; hold tightly|
to cut apart; cut off (e.g. with shears)
| usual; normal|
| fixed firmly in place|
moving quickly; speedy
It's a fun list; stuff you knew and perhaps you didn't realize.
But, there's always a but, then came...
| impossible to enter (e.g. of a fortress)|
able to be impregnated
Not only am I am libidinous, infertile oxymoron of a mother, I am an auto-antonym. Impregnable is the single most accurate word to describe secondary infertility. Years ago, I was once able to be impregnated, then my eggs became impossible to enter. I am a fortress now, shut up tight, a bastion of aging infertility.
[Middle English imprenable, from Old French : in-, not (from Latin in-. See in-1) + prenable, pregnauble, pregnable; see pregnable.]
[impregn(ate) + -able.]
I should add it to my byline:
I'm an oxymoron: an impregnable, libidinous, infertile mom
It makes me sound more smart and less horny. So maybe I won't. One shouldn't lie in one's byline. And I fear the term, auto-erotic-antonymism, might be a bit misleading. My asthmatic lungs like air too much.
Continuing through the alphabetical auto-antonym list, more apply. I realized this word describes aptly how I (used to?) vacillate about achieving pregnancy ad nauseum:
| to quit; give up|
to sign up again
Guess! Which one is it today? Blame, that's an easy question.
It goes without saying which one of the following I usually am anymore, excepting Friday's sledding (into trees) generosity:
Actually, come to think of it, the sled gesture is at the height of pleasant tree-wrapping, storage-lacking auto-antonymism. I guess I am -nymy good these days.
I'll simply finish with this one:
| to start; prepare|
to end; conclude
Or I'll begin again and ask which of the list tickles your funny bone the most?
Excellent point on the impregnable.
I believe SIF has tempered me: to soften; mollify / to strengthen (e.g. a metal).
"Hold Up" best describes my relationship with Mr. DD during this time.
I always thought it was "sanguinary" that meant "cheeful, optimistic".
Take THAT, word freak!
I'll have to go with puzzle ("to pose a problem"/"to solve a problem") and oversight ("watchful care"/"overlooking or omission").
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