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  • I came across the following question on Yahoo Answers:

    "I need a clever antithisis?

    "i have to come up with a 'clever antithisis' not an antithesis...but an ANTITHISIS.

    "for example scissors/join to divide, garbage/keeps to dispose

    "the actions have to be done at the same time and it has to be in this format _____: _____ to _____

    "its an object, action, and it has to be doing the opposite of something and the same the actions should be working in sequence.

    "please and thank you

    "p.s. this is for an english PG only"

    The wording of this question suggests that the teacher stressed that there is a difference between 'antithesis' and 'antithisis'. Now, the description fits the definition of 'antithesis'; I looked for 'antithisis' in four unabridged dictionaries and couldn't find it; and even in a web search for 'antithisis', all the examples I found were clearly intended to be 'antithesis'.

    February 10, 2011

  • So . . . an antithisis isn't simply a thisisn't, then?

    Or isn'tit?

    No'tisn't, maybe, or notisn't, or 'tisnot . . . .

    February 11, 2011