The Lowly Philosopher

as i was crawling
through the holes in
a swiss cheese
the other
day it occurred to
me to wonder
what a swiss cheese
would think if
a swiss cheese
could think and after
cogitating for some
time i said to myself
if a swiss cheese
could think
it would think that
a swiss cheese
was the most important
thing in the world
just as everything that
can think at all
does think about itself

–Archy the Cockroach

(Don Marquis)

14 Contronyms: Words That Are Their Own Opposites


Here’s an ambiguous sentence for you: “Because of the agency’s oversight, the corporation’s behavior was sanctioned.”

Does that mean, ‘Because the agency oversaw the company’s behavior, they imposed a penalty for some transgression’ or does it mean, ‘Because the agency was inattentive, they overlooked the misbehavior and gave it their approval by default’?

We’ve stumbled into the looking-glass world of “contronyms” — words that are their own antonyms.


2008-09 MTC Comm. Arts Fair Winners

I’m cleaning off some shelf space to make room for the grade nine text books. I ran across this collection of the 2008-09 Mark Twain Conference Communication Arts Fair Winning Entries. I thought I’d post a digital copy before giving away the original.

The file contains winning entries from a variety of categories for both junior and high school entries from all the MTC schools. Authors are not listed, but if you wrote one of the works and want to claim it, feel free to do so in the comments. 🙂