Draw

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David Myer
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Draw

Postby David Myer » Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:24 am

I reflected the other day on drawing the curtains. It seems to me that could equally mean to open them as to close them. So perhaps this is another contranym to add to sanction and cleave? Presumably this word is related to draught and drag and so there is no clue in its etymology. I wonder then why we bother to use the word draw in the curtain context when open and close are already available and more definitive?

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