Some words seem like they’ve been designed specifically to confuse the learner. Take priceless, for instance. Learners could be forgiven for thinking (as I did as a child) that priceless means ‘having no value’. If you can’t put a price on something, that must surely mean that it isn’t worth anything? But, of course, priceless means the opposite of that – something that’s priceless is so valuable that you can’t put a price on it at all: no amount of money would be enough (and that goes for material objects, information or skills, and pure comedy!).
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