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Fun with language: turning "off" an opposite

We had fun with this oddity recently... Although "smooth" and "rough" are opposites, add one adjective to their noun forms and something totally different happens...  

An "orange smoothie" is a fruity yoghurt drink made in a blender.  
But an "orange roughie" is a fish.

I couldn't come up with any others off the top of my head, can you?
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