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The contronym conundrum

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


English is peppered with contronyms – those words that mean one thing in one context, and the opposite in another. Where do they come from and what do they signify, asks linguist Kate Burridge in this conversation with Peter Clarke.

Duration: 9 minutes 22 seconds

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24 March 2016

Television | It’s War and Peace’s turn for another BBC adaptation, writes Jane Goodall. But perhaps some temptations should be resisted

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Physically idealised: Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton in War and Peace.

Physically idealised: Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton in War and Peace.