I saw this comment by some poor, cantankerous woman a few weeks ago on a grammar blog: I am completely appalled by the use of “snuck.” It is substandard English, but it has been misused so much that now people think it’s OK. “Snuck” originated with Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn, so if you want to sound like Huck, go …
A fatal drowning? Yeah, that’s redundant. Drowning, by definition, means dying by being underwater and unable to breathe. But this kind of thing isn’t uncommon in publications. Keep an eye out for this kind of redundancy and get familiar with these other potentially misleading words.
The word contronym is a recently coined neologism. It refers to words that have definitions that are opposite of one another. There are words–common ones, mind you–that mean the opposite of themselves in certain contexts. Learn more!