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Discrepant English

March 24, 2003

forge — to create, to mold, to develop an original.

forge — to counterfeit, to fake, to duplicate an original.

How did one word end up meaning two opposite things? We speak such a quirky language, don’t we?


Reader Comments

Matt says:
March 25, 09h

Cleave

1. to adhere firmly and closely or loyally and unwaveringly
2. to divide by or as if by a cutting blow