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Candorville by Darrin Bell for January 21, 2021

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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member 3 months ago

    Copyright that word before someone else takes credit for it.

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    boydpercy Premium Member 3 months ago

    It might as well be one!

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    saobadao  3 months ago

    Will they ever be more than friends? Can I only hope?

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    syzygy47  3 months ago

    Not quite a true opposite. Melodious relates to sound; malodorous, to smell.

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    fuzzbucket  3 months ago

    Lemont is pedantic and boring. How does he keep such a hot girlfriend?

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    gammaguy  3 months ago

    No, Lemont, they don’t actually rhyme.

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    ACTIVIST1234  3 months ago

    It takes courage to be optimistic, to be positive. Lemont isn’t up to the task.

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    Algolei I  3 months ago

    Some words are their own opposites, like “dust” or “fast”.

    “I dusted the counter to make it clean, and then you dusted it with flour.”

    “He climbed the wall very fast, and then held very fast to it.”

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    Ignatz Premium Member 3 months ago

    Why is “malodorously” not a word? How else would you change it into an adverb?

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    rugeirn  3 months ago

    I hate to break it to you, Mr. Bell, but this joke falls flat; malodorously IS in the dictionary, and it’s been around since 1832. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malodorously#other-words https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/malodorous https://www.etymonline.com/word/malodorous

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    e.groves  3 months ago

    I agree with Susan. It is a great day. Yesterday was the best day in a very long time.

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member 3 months ago

    “Words with opposing meanings are also known as contronyms, autantonyms, antagonyms, or even Janus words (from the notoriously two-faced deity of Roman myth). For example, cleave can mean to split apart as well as to knit together, while quite can mean moderately as well as completely, and sanction can indicate allowing something as well as refusing to countenance it (the latter sense being clear in the Peace Pledge Union’s historic pledge: ‘I renounce war, and will never support or sanction another’).

    In his Spoonerisms, Sycophants, and Sops (1988), D. C. Black listed several other contronyms, such as scan, let, moot, wound up, and commencement. If you lease or rent a house, are you occupying it or letting someone else occupy it? If you trip, have you stumbled or are you walking gracefully? If you screen a film, you show it, but if you screen a garden shed, you hide it. If the stars are out, you can see them, but if lights are out, you cannot see them. Does literally mean precisely or is it being used merely for emphasis without being literally true (as in ’They were literally killing themselves laffing’)?

    Phrases, too, can have opposite senses. First-degree murder is the most serious kind of slaughter, but first-degree burns are the least serious. The opposing senses of dispense with were presumably not noticed by the pharmacist who advertised that he ‘dispensed with accuracy’.

    Nowadays, if you say you are going to take care of somebody, it may suggest that you are going to kill them rather than care for them. The phrase waste no time can mean that you are eager to start something, but that was not the intention when someone (was it Disraeli?) wrote: ‘Thank you for your manuscript. I shall waste no time in reading it’. My favourite such phrase is with respect, which is often used in conversation or interviews to imply that the speaker has little or no respect for the person addressed!”

    —Tony Augarde, Wordplay
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    KennethPrice2  3 months ago

    I’m still struggling with Cofefe

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    WilliamMedlock  3 months ago

    It’s in my dictionary.

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    BeniHanna6 Premium Member 3 months ago

    I think ‘Over the Hedge’ has the best strip for the day after the inauguration, i.e. You can’t please everyone.

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    sdjamieson Premium Member 3 months ago

    I don’t see what you did there! Who says malodorously isn’t a word? It’s in Merriam Webster’s dictionary. Am I missing something?

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    kauri44  3 months ago

    I really thought the punchline of this strip was going to involve Susan asking Lemont why he had to be such a killjoy.

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    gcarlson  3 months ago

    BOTTOMThisby, the flowers of odious savours sweet,—QUINCEOdours, odours.BOTTOM—odours savours sweet:- A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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    Bryan Smith Premium Member 3 months ago

    I think what he did there was use “technically” and “effectively” (an approximate rhyme) in the same vein as “melodiously” and “malodorously”

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