"Amazingly odd and oddly amazing" - is there a name for this kind of phrase?
February 12, 2011 6:09 PM Subscribe
What are these phrases called? Examples: "amazingly odd and oddly amazing"; "terribly basic and basically terrible"; "embarrassingly hot and hotly embarrassing". I could swear I came across a name for this type of word pairing once before (quite possibly on this very site, in which case sorry), but my searches to find it again have been hopelessly awful and awfully hopeless.
posted by d11 to Grab Bag (16 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
To be clear, I mean pairs of words where each has an adverb and an adjective form, and where swapping the order and forms produces another valid but distinct meaning.
I'd also love to hear more examples if you have them. Thanks!