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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:35 am 
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ds came across "covert" and "overt" in Scrabble and asked if there are any other words where you can make the antonym by adding just one extra letter? I can think of (a)political, (a)symptomatic, (a)synchronous, (a)symmetrical. Any more? Any others which don't start with "a"?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:30 am 
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Good question:

(a)typical
(a)********

Did type the word in but it must be a banned word on here. It is se*ual!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:45 am 
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(a)pyrexial
(a)copic
(a)speakic


also f(r)iend ... not really one I know!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:11 am 
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I can only think of ones made by adding the prefix "a" too. Covert and overt is neat.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:17 am 
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I've been trying to think of French words, but no joy so far.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:25 am 
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(ir)rational
(il)logical

They don't quite fit your rule as you have to double the first consonant but similar nonetheless.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:04 pm 
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Again doesn't quite fit the rule, but how about 'prescribe' and 'proscribe'?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:28 pm 
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Samlet wrote:
Again doesn't quite fit the rule, but how about 'prescribe' and 'proscribe'?


good one ... also when talking about muscles you can have abductors and adductors


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:59 pm 
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good one ... also when talking about muscles you can have abductors and adductors


which brings all the Latin opposites eg in- and ex- trovert


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:20 pm 
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Samlet wrote:
which brings all the Latin opposites eg in- and ex- trovert
No that's 2 letters different - if you allowed that you'd be including all the "un"-anything words.

As a variation on the theme - flammable and inflammable - by the normal rules they ought to be antonyms, but they're actually synonyms!


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