One of the better new words that you may occasionally hear is "frienemy." It means a person who is both a friend and a foe. Most of us have encountered people like that. Perhaps we've even been that person.
It is a helpful word.
And that got me to thinking about other odd but realistic combinations. Think of words for the following:
- When you know a great deal about a topic but have the gnawing sense that you might be missing something very important.
- A form of conduct you wouldn't want legally banned but which nonetheless makes you wish there were a common societal restraint upon it.
- When kindness or caring is so great that it begins to harm people.
- When busyness becomes a form of sloth.
- When humility becomes arrogance.
- When people will excuse every nation's conduct except their own.
- A cloaked form of autocracy.
- Weakness disguised as boldness.
- Rewarding failure with a promotion. ["Reprimotion?"]
- Neutrality which actually favors or punishes a side.