End of ADS-L Digest - 6 Oct 1994 to 7 Oct 1994 ********************************************** There are 4 messages totalling 108 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Name that syntagm (2) 2. Positive "don't care to" 3. Phila. dialect ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 8 Oct 1994 12:40:31 RSA From: lynne <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]WITSVMA.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: Name that syntagm > >I've been looking for some time for a suitable name for words (or >expressions) that mean both themselves and their opposites (literally, >ravel, let, oversight -- see "A Literal Paradox" in _Declining Grammar_ >[Urbana: NCTE 1989], pp.. 73-80). I've never encountered positive "I don't >care to" until this discussion, but now I'm sure I'll notice it a lot (I >still remember hearing my first might could about a week after I learned >about double modals years ago). Anyway, if you can name that syntagm, maybe >ADS will give you a prize at the annual new words meeting (are you >listening, Alan?). > >Dennis >-- >Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uiuc.edu i don't think this is what you're looking for, dennis, but there is the term "Janus word" for a single term that expresses opposite concepts. e.g., "temper" can mean 'to harden' or 'to soften'. however, i don't think the overuse of 'literally' qualifies it for this title. lynne murphy university of the witwatersrand