Friday, 20 April 2018

many kinds of 'happy'

One thing that always interests me as an antonymist is how a single positive term can have many different-meaning opposites. So, sweet can be the opposite of sour, salty or bitter, depending on context, and happy is opposed to sad, angry, and possibly others. It reminds me of the Anna Karenina principle: "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

Anyhow, I like T-Rex's attention to the different kinds of positive emotion (click to enlarge):

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Dinosaur Comics does my dissertation

So, as part of my PhD research I asked people questions like "what's the opposite of grass?" and things like that.

So, basically, Dinosaur Comics is replicating my doctoral research--and comes to pretty much the same conclusion. (click to enlarge)




Thursday, 13 July 2017

Not open because we're closed

Via the Poke, with more examples there.



Raises a semantic question: is 'not-open' necessarily the same as 'closed'? Probably, but it's a distraction to think of other possible states...

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Tuesday, 25 April 2017