Dave LeCompte (really) (tsmaster) wrote,
Dave LeCompte (really)

Word Puzzle Answer

So, yesterday, I asked for a word that had a self-contradictory definition (distinct from the question of words that have multiple definitions which contradict each other).

"Says You" had one answer:

Naturalize - the process of putting an object into its natural state. The contradiction lies within the notion that an object can artificially be put into a natural state. As Wes commented, this is a euphemism, and isn't used literally.

And my answer:

Nondescript - "lacking distinctive qualities" or "not easily described". Hm, if only there were an adjective that could easily describe that distinctive quality of an object. Hey, there is, it's "nondescript". Similarly, using 'indescribable' to modify a noun is an act of description. Oops.

This one isn't a euphemism, I just think of it as a weird construction.

  • Living is Easy (With Eyes Closed)

    This is really primarily for Cassie, but I rarely post here, so it's also an exercise in "how does LJ work again? Or how does it work today?".…

  • No mudslides for me, thank you.

    Hey, is this thing on? I was just sending email to a mailing list (nothing exciting, don't feel insulted if you're not on it) that was thinking…

  • Trivial

    So, this past weekend, a bunch of my friends / acquaintences / teammates got together and competed in a local trivia competition. There are a few…

  • Post a new comment


    Comments allowed for friends only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded