[lit-ideas] Re: What is the Opposite of Right?

  • From: David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2011 12:42:29 -0700

One daughter is fortunate enough to be spending next year at Oxford.  Those 
organizing the trip--not her home university--set up a facebook page and 
invited everyone going abroad to join.  To avoid spam, they included, as a 
question that all humans can answer but a spamming computer cannot, "What is 
the opposite of right"?  

If you type in the word "wrong," Facebook comes back with a response, "Please 
answer correctly."

Why bother to note this?  Well I'm thinking that the person who set up the page 
believed the question to be unambiguous, has not noticed that the OED devotes 
nine full pages to "right," cannot imagine that language questions trip people 
up.  Possibly this person has never had the opportunity to travel?

What's the word that sounds like it's got metal in?

David Ritchie,
Portland, Oregon

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