Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Three Confusing Negative Words

Priceless

From looking at the word itself, you might think that priceless means FREE.

In fact it means exactly the opposite. If something is priceless, it is so valuable that you cannot attach a price to it.

The museum has a collection of priceless Ming Dynasty vases.


Infamous

Does infamous mean not famous?

No, infamous means famous for something terrible! The word notorious has the same meaning.

The infamous bandit Lucky Luke has struck again!


Invaluable

Not valuable?

No,  if something is invaluable, it is extremely useful.

Maria gave me some invaluable advice before I opened my new cafe.

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