|Date:||June 6th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)|| |
Natty can also mean "native" when referring to dreadlocks, says wikipedia.
I always felt "benign" should mean something like "crazy". It just has sort of a crazy sound to it, for having such a boring meaning.
To me, "colloquial" seems like it should mean the opposite of what it actually means.
I've always thought "victuals" looked and sounded quite unappetizing. It looks too much like "viscera" or "micturate", and its pronunciation ("vittles"), in addition to not properly matching the spelling, is known to me primarily as part of a brand name of cat food. Yeeeuuuck!
"Crony" doesn't sound very friendly, and "pulchritude" does not seem beautiful at all. And between "comely" and "homely", well, one of them has to be wrong.
I have a friend who always uses "homely" in place of "homey." It cracks me up every time. I've tried correcting him, but he forgets and I just think it's really endearing and cute now. He'll walk into a room and say "it's really homely in here." :p
Hah, before I read the third sentence, I assumed you meant "homey" as in "short for homeboy..."
"Yeah, jus' hangin' wit my homelies..."
Wow, I thought I was the only one having that thought. :p I always have a "wait, what?" moment about the word "natty" before I remember its meaning.
And from reading through the comments:
The first time I ran into the word "benign," I was pretty young and it was describing a tumor. I would have sworn it meant the opposite of what it means.
"Crony" makes me think of "crone" and "crow," not "friend."
|Date:||June 7th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)|| |
Pulchritude came to mind for me too, and then one of this year's spelling bee words, geusioleptic. I don't think the word "geusioleptic" sounds like something I would want to eat, even though it apparently means "flavorful food".
The word "enervate" seems to intend the opposite of what it means, but the definition is actually "to weaken the strength or vitality of."
"Raze" comes to mind for me, mostly because of its homophone "raise."