It’s large and very yellow.
I’m sure that I looked like a walking egg yolk but it kept me dry. It has a red logo (a bit like the blood clot you sometimes find in yolks) and some writing that says ‘Central Office of Information’.
Does that phrase also strike you as at odds with the truth?
I think if it just said ‘Office of Information’, I’d not feel uneasy about it. It’s the ‘central’ that causes the problem. There’s something disturbingly Stalinist about it which entirely changes the meaning. Had it said ‘Central Office of Dis-Information’, I’d probably not have given it a second thought.
Sticking to the topic of words, misleading ones in particular, I’ve been trying to find out if there’s a term to describe a word that sounds like the opposite of its meaning. In other words, an ‘anti-onomatopoeia’.
I don’t think there is but it’s needed for a word like ‘pulchritude’. Probably because it sounds a bit like ‘puke’, it seems like the complete opposite of ‘great physical beauty and appeal’.
Can you think of any other words that are anti-onomatopoeias?
(*) It's a great umbrella despite my poking fun at it. Thank you, Michelle