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>>One more way in which language defies logic is the abuse of prefixes, suffixes and infixes. You think that if rewind means wind back, refill means fill again, reload means load again, undo means opposite of do... that you can just go ahead and guess what the next combination of prefix and a word will mean? You're very, very wrong. Guesswork will lead you astray.

last refreshed 07-22-2019 04:01:21 PM

(enough of this, get me back)

word
does not mean
it means
aircraft
craft using ways of, or producing, air (just like witchcraft, handcraft are)
an airplane
airman
man made of air
aircraft flyer
balance (accounts)
eqilibrium, debit equals credit
the opposite, it means imbalance when they say "you have a balance there".
barman
maker of bars; man who is a bar
bartender
baseman
man from the base
a first, second, or third baseman (as per WordReference.com... and I haven't noticed that they love recursive definitions)
batman
tamer of bats, hunter of bats
man who is a bat
chessman
chess player
piece used in a game of chess
crateful
full of crates
as much as fits into one crate
crystal glass
a transparent vessel made out of crystal
a vessel made of honed glass, which may, if done right, refract light like some crystals do; still, glass is not a crystal. On the contrary, it's the exact opposite.
driveway
way where to drive
the piece of concrete between pavement and garage, where one usually parks the car
elephant man
tamer/herder of elephants
man with a skin affection such that it resembles elephant's
exhibit
opposite of inhibit
display, show
gingerbread man
man who makes ginger bread
a figure baked from such dough
grateful
full of grates
full of thanks
horseman
man who is a horse, or a horse herder
rider
inflammable
not flammable
flammable
inhibit
opposite of exhibit, i.e. hide (as opposed to display)
forbid, suppress
invaluable
not valuable
valuable
manhole
a human hole, a hole made by men (to differ from rathole); a hole on a man (analogously to asshole)
entrance into sewers, from the pavement down.
needful
full of need
what's necessary
parkway
piece of way where to park
road through a (national or international) park
recover
cover again (unless it applies to a chair with torn upholstery)
to get back or regain (something lost or taken away)
reflex
flex again
You are as good as that guy Pavlov in reacting to things.
relapse
lapse again
come back from a lapse
release
lease again
let go, issue
relocate
locate again
move somewhere else
repair
pair again
fix what was broken
replace
put back in place
take one thing out and return a different one in its place; substitute; OK, also means to put back in place
restore
store again
put back; return to previous state