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Do synonyms exist?

12 October 2016

Inside Language | Streams, brooks, creeks, rivulets – they’re not quite the same thing, are they?


They might have started off meaning the same things, but words acquire all kinds of baggage along the way – which means that mutts, hounds, curs and canine quadrupeds aren’t interchangeable, despite what the thesaurus might imply.

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The contronym conundrum

Kate Burridge & Peter Clarke

28 March 2016

Inside Language | A surprising number of English words have completely different meanings in different contexts. Linguist Kate Burridge discusses why with Peter Clarke