I’m back in town for this week’s DA after my quick sojourn into South East Asia.
But before getting into the crossword, I have a musing that I’m puzzling over: is there a word for synonyms that are also antonyms? There are auto-antonyms, which are words that can have their own opposing meaning, such as cleave, bolt and sanction.
But how about words such as up and down, which are, in the conventional sense, antonyms, but which are also synonyms, i.e. I’m up with that and I’m down with that; or I’m up for it and I’m down for it.
No doubt there are many others where up and down come from, but I can’t think of anything on this mild Thursday.
Lost all interest once I figured out the theme. Not sure why DA thought we’d be interested in a pest theme — a little disappointing.