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I remember that I had a question similar to this a long time ago (when I was in elementary school, I think), and it popped up in my head again today. Is the word "obscure" obscure itself?

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put on hold as primarily opinion-based by FumbleFingers, ab2, tchrist, Hellion, Dog Lover May 22 at 23:42

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Can you at least explain why you think it should be considered autological? – Kosmonaut Feb 11 '11 at 18:57
    
IMHO this is an obscure question that should have been closed / deleted / strangled at birth. Whether obscure is an obscure word or not is entirely a matter of opinion. – FumbleFingers May 19 at 18:30
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I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it it's hard to believe obscure is an obscure word. – ab2 May 22 at 2:04
up vote 6 down vote accepted

No, it's quite mainstream. Entirely heterological.

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Favorite autological word: "pentasyllabic" – Chris B. Behrens Feb 11 '11 at 19:14
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+1 for "heterological". – JSBձոգչ Feb 11 '11 at 20:28

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