Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Canny vs. Uncanny

I did not know that canny is not the positive of uncanny. I'm studying vocabulary for the GRE and have a long way to go.

  1. having or seeming to have a supernatural or inexplicable basis; beyond the ordinary or normal; extraordinary: uncanny accuracy; an uncanny knack of foreseeing trouble.

  2. mysterious; arousing superstitious fear or dread; uncomfortably strange: Uncanny sounds filled the house.

  1. careful; cautious; prudent: a canny reply.

  2. astute; shrewd; knowing; sagacious: a canny negotiator.

  3. skilled; expert.

  4. frugal; thrifty: a canny housewife.

  5. Scot. Origin:
    1. safe to deal with, invest in, or work at (usually used with a negative).

    2. gentle; careful; steady.

    3. snug; cozy; comfortable.

    4. pleasing; attractive.

Definitions from Dictionary.com

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