Janus words

Marilyn Vos Savant's 7 October 2001 presents some "Janus words" (words that have two meanings that are opposite) from Richard Lederer's book, Crazy English:

buckle: fasten together, and fall apart (buckle a seat belt, buckle under pressure

clip: separate, and fasten (clip the coupon from the newspaper, clip the coupon to the grocery list)

oversight: supervision, and neglect (he was responsible for oversight of the project, his oversight ruined the project)

qualified: competent, and limited (a qualified candidate, a qualified success)

sanction: approve, and disapprove (sanction the event, impose a sanction on a country)

temper: soften, and strengthen (anger is tempered with reason, steel is tempered by various means)

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