1864today's wwftd is... antiphrasis
- Aug 5, 2013the worthless word for the day is: antiphrasis
[fr. Gk antiphrazein, to express by the opposite]
the use of words in senses opposite to the generally
accepted meanings or the use of a word in this way
usually for humorous or ironical purposes
thus, antiphrastically: in an antiphrastic manner
"Formerly, kings dressed up as shepherds; nowadays,
to wear for a fortnight clothes from a cheap chain-
store is for them the sign of dressing up. Yet another
sign of democracy: to get up at six in the morning.
All this gives us, antiphrastically, information on a
certain ideal of daily life: to wear cuffs, to be
shaved by a flunkey, to get up late."
- Roland Barthes, Mythologies (tr. A. Lavers, 1972)