English Weekly Trivia 7

Contranyms are words that can mean the opposite of itself, like “cleave” and “fast”.
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An oxymoron is a rhetorical figure of speech in which contradictory or incongruous terms are conjoined and these combinations are self-contradictory or absurd.
Examples are: boneless ribs, jumbo shrimp, deafening silence.

A gerund, or a verbal noun is a noun that is derived from a verb and usually preserves the verb’s syntactic features, such as transitivity or the capability of taking nominal or verbal complements.
Example can be “reading” from the verb “read”.

Despite being so common to hear and see, the contraction of ‘am not’, “ain’t” is not considered proper standard English.

Manila envelope, Manila paper, and Manila folder were originally made of hemp from Manila, the capital of the Philippines. The material, from the fibers of the pseudostem of the abaca plant Musa textilis, was buff or light yellow-brown in color. Now what we call a Manila folder is often made from other types of paper.

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