The Family of Nyms: A Writer's Resource
An introduction to a few members of the nym family.
Meet The Nyms
I've only included Nyms that concern language, since this is a writer's resource.
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An acronym is an abbreviation of a title or phrase, usually formed from the first letter of each word. Some acronyms create pronouncable words.
Example of an Acronym
S.C.O.T.S. - Southern Culture On The Skids
I always enjoy seeing S.C.O.T.S. perform because their songs make me laugh.
also: contronyms, autoantonyms
A word with meanings that oppose each other.
Example of a Antagonym
Left - remained behind.
Left - gone away.
He left the notebook behind when he left.
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A list of common antagonyms (autoantonyms).
Antonyms are words with opposing definitions.
Example of a Antonym
Hot - above average temperature.
Cold - below average temperature.
The morning was cold, but it was hot by noon.
A word that changes meaning when capitalized.
Example of a Capitonym
Bob - Diminuative or nickname of the name "Robert".
bob - To move up and down.
Bob bobbed his head in agreement as he read my definition.
A heteronym is a word which changes definition based on pronounciation.
Example of a Heteronym
Content - The gist or meaning; things contained.
Content - Satisfied; accepting.
I was content with the content of the paragraph.
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Words that sound alike but have unrelated meanings are homonyms.
Example of a Homonym
To - indicates intention or direction.
Too - Also; in addition.
Two - One plus one.
She took two of my sweaters to college by mistake, too.
Unrelated words or phrases which are spelled differently yet pronounced the same.
Example of a Oronym
I see - within my view or understanding.
Icey - frozen water on surfaces.
I see how icey it is outside.
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Different words with an identical meaning.
Example of a Polyonym
Example of a Synonym
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A Retronym is a noun paired with an adjective to distinguish the original object from a more common newer version.
Example of a Retronym
Films - became silent films when movies with audio became the norm.
My girlfriend enjoys older movies, especially silent films.
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A word or taxonomic name that consists of two identical words or series of letters.
Example of a Tautonym
Bye-bye - friendly leavetaking.
This is the end of the lens. I hope it's been helpful.