A word is autological if it describes itself. For example, pentasyllabic has five syllables and thus is autological.

A word is heterological if it does not describe itself. For example, monosyllabic has five syllables and thus is heterological.

Puzzle: Find

  1. A word that cannot be either autological or heterological.
  2. A word that can equally well be either autological or heterological.

For 1:



it describes itself iff it does not describe itself, so it is contradictory to call it either autological or heterological.

For 2:



it does not produce any contradictions, whether you call it autological or heterological.

  • $\begingroup$ So the answers are in the question itself. $\endgroup$ – Jamal Senjaya Aug 29 '16 at 23:40

For number 2 I'd suggest



Depending on who reads it (English speaker or non English speaker) they will either understand it or not.

others in a similar vain

readable, writable

  • 3
    $\begingroup$ the "similar vain" actually has autological words... $\endgroup$ – EKons Aug 30 '16 at 11:54

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