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Fantastically Fast

My theme for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge is contronyms. A contronym is a word with two or more opposite meanings, making it its own antonym. Click here to find out more about these quirky words.
 
Freya with the letter FAfter having so few options yesterday, I was happy to find plenty of F contronyms to choose from for today. I’ve decided to feature fast because I wish I could move fast but am mostly stuck fast to the couch.
 
Fast – able to move quickly, swift
 
~ or ~
 
Fast – not easily moved, firmly fixed in place
 
How about a picture montage to illustrate the opposing meanings of fast?
 
These cuties are running extremely fast:
Running Dogs
But these cuties are stuck fast in the mud:
Buffalo in the mud
 
This car makes your eyes water because it’s so fast:
Fast Car
But this car is going nowhere fast because it’s trapped fast in the snow:
Car stuck in snow
 
This kid is making a fast getaway:
Boy Running
While this kid is held fast in her mother’s arms:
Mom hugging daughter
 
Are you familiar with contronyms? There are other ‘F’ contronyms out there, can you think of any? How Fabulous is Freya with her letter F?
 
Images courtesy of:
Running dogs - Rosen Georgiev/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Buffalo - think4photop/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Fast car - M - Pics/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Snow car - WDRdesign
Boy running - chrisroll/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Hugging - David Castillo Dominici/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
 
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Evidently Enjoin

My theme for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge is contronyms. A contronym is a word with two or more opposite meanings, making it its own antonym. Click here to find out more about these quirky words.
 
Lily with the letter E
It's slim pickings out there for an E contronym. In all my searching, I only found two. One was effectively, but I think it feels like a bit of a stretch. Here is how it was explained: "In effect (Doing the equivalent of the action but not the real thing) ~or~ With effect (Doing the action and doing it well) [Contrast 'He is effectively lying' with 'He is lying effectively']." Since this doesn't feel like a straightforward contronym to me, evidently I'm stuck using enjoin as today's example.
 
EnjoinEnjoin - to order to do something, prescribe 
 
~ or ~ 
 
Enjoin - to stop someone from doing something, prohibit (such as in law by an injunction)
 
Both definitions of enjoin are basically about being bossy - it's just that one is ordering a person TO DO something, whereas the other is ordering a person TO NOT DO something.
 
The doctor enjoined the trendy new drug for his patients because they were overwhelmed with so many worries about the world. Meanwhile, the judge enjoined production of the miracle pill because he feared for a world overrun by apathetic citizens. 
 
Blerg. What a boring contronym. If today is your first time stopping my blog for the A to Z challenge, then my apologies for such a blah day.
 
Are you familiar with contronyms? Even though I could not find any other E words on the various contronym lists, can you think of any? How Elegant is Lily with her letter E?
Bossy image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
 
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A Drove of Draws

My theme for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge is contronyms. A contronym is a word with two or more opposite meanings, making it its own antonym. Click here to find out more about these quirky words.
 
Molly with the letter DThe featured contronym for the letter D is draw. I thought buckle and clip had a lot of definitions, but draw blows them all away. With so many definitions for one small word, I’m sure there are several meanings that could be considered opposites.
 
When I was searching for contronyms, one place listed draw with the definitions ‘to open’ or ‘to shut,’ as in drawing the curtains can mean to open them or to shut them. After reading the various definitions for draw, however, I think both of those fall under the definition ‘to cause to move in a particular direction by or as if by a pulling force; pull; drag.' You might pull the drapes open or you might pull them shut, but that doesn’t really make this context of draw have opposite meanings because you are pulling regardless of the direction.
 
But going down the list I did find a few meanings I thought were opposites:
 
To contract, shrink
~ or ~
to pull out, stretch
 
~ and ~
 
To bring together
~ or ~
To pull apart
 
Essentially both these meaning pairs have to do with movement – moving inward or moving outward – it’s just that the perspectives are slightly different. Here is a color-coded super-short kind-of-gruesome story to illustrate various meanings of draw:
 
The advertisement offering free iPads draws a huge crowd abuzz with excitement about their good fortune. But their excitement turns to fear when aliens surround the prey caught by their trap. As the slimy green creatures draw closer, the crowd draws together for protection. The aliens reach in, drawing members from out the huddle. They play with their food like little kids. Who knew the human body could be drawn so far until it rips? The screams soon subside as this tale of greed draws to a close.
 
Hmmm... not really a prize-winning story there, but it does draw attention to the word draw. And since there are so many meanings for draw, I threw in a few extras that have nothing to do with the contronym connotations.
 
Are you familiar with contronyms? There are other ‘D’ contronyms out there, can you think of any? How Darling is Molly with her letter D?
 
 
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Crazy Clips

Chloe with the letter CMy theme for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge is contronyms. A contronym is a word with two or more opposite meanings, making it its own antonym. Click here to find out more about these quirky words.
 

For the letter C, I’m featuring the contronym clip. Clip has even more definitions than yesterday’s buckle, but many of them boil down to one set of opposing meanings:

To fasten, attach

~ or ~

To cut off, detach

To show today’s contronym in action, I’m going to use clips from Youtube. Ha, see what I did there?

Rebecca was forced to clip on the flowing locks from some stranger’s head…

… after her sister clipped her hair while sleeping because their mother always loved Rebecca best.

Does anyone know what show the second clip is from? I have no idea, since I just stumbled on it while searching, but I do know that it looks bonkers. My favorite part was when she oh so dramatically fell asleep, but the dramatic pissed-off hair brushing was pretty entertaining, too.

Are you familiar with contronyms? There are other ‘C’ contronyms out there, can you think of any? How Cuddly is Chloe with her letter C?

 

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Bedazzling Buckles

My theme for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge is contronyms. A contronym is a word with multiple meanings that are opposites, making it its own antonym. Click here to find out more about these quirky words.
 
Today’s contronym is buckle, which turns out to have several definitions and more than one pair of opposites.
Bedazzled Belt
Photo credit: Brano Hudak
 
Buckle - to fasten, hold together, connect
Every time Jimmy’s mom caught him with his pants hanging past his butt, she made him buckle them with her bedazzled belt as punishment.
~ or ~
Buckle - to collapse, fall apart, break
Simone sat in Blake’s lap to seduce him, but the chair buckled underneath them – emergency room visits were not sexy.
 
~ and ~
 
Buckle - to apply oneself with vigor
Emma’s dad made a flippant promise to buy her a car if she got straight A’s her senior year, so she buckled down and studied for the first time in her life, completely shocking him and his bank account.
~ or ~

Bailey with the letter B

Buckle - to give way, yield
When the crisis started, the boss buckled and hid under his desk, leaving his assistant to prove she was always the brains behind his success.
 
In both of these pairs, one definition is about strength and one is about weakness. In the first pair, it’s about physical power, whereas the second pair is about internal fortitude. I wonder if there’s a term for a contronym with multiple opposing definitions. I say we make up our own – how about über-contronymy or extra-contronymized?
 
Are you familiar with contronyms? There are other ‘B’ contronyms out there, can you think of any? Any naming suggestions for contronyms with multiple opposing pairs? How Beautiful is Bailey with her letter B?
 
 
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Absolutely Anxious

My theme for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge is contronyms. A contronym is a word with two or more opposite meanings, making it its own antonym. Click here to find out more about these quirky words.

Freya with the letter AIt's April 1st, so the A to Z challenge is now officially started! Over the past few weeks, the approaching kickoff made me feel anxious. But what does that mean?  
 
Was I greatly worried or full of mental distress because of apprehension of danger or misfortune?
 
Or was I eager or looking forward to something?
 
I could be either one of those because anxious is a contronym. Saying I'm anxious could mean I'm excited about something, or it could mean I'm apprehensive about something. Both meanings for anxious usually produce a sensation in the gut, but one is a happy flutter and the other is a sad churning.
 
As for me being anxious for the start of the A to Z challenge, it's actually a little bit of both definitions. I've been looking forward to meeting lots of new blogging friends, but I've also been very worried about keeping up with the posts.
 
I also discovered that like a glass with water to the halfway mark, the way anxious is used might give a clue to the speaker's outlook on life. I almost always use anxious to mean I'm nervous (and assumed that's the way everyone else used it), and I'm definitely a glass half empty kind of gal. But while talking with my brother, who sees the glass as half full, he said he always uses anxious to mean he's excited. Granted this is only a two person sample, but I thought it was interesting that we mostly use anxious in different contexts.
 
And because visuals are always more fun:
 
Sarah was anxious to see her father...
Anxious - eager
 
 
... but she was anxious about meeting her stepmother.
Anxious - nervous
 
Since today's letter is A, I'd also like to say thank you to Arlee Bird for creating this crazy blogging challenge. It's such a great way to meet new people and to discover new things about the way we blog. Thanks, Arlee! 
 
Are you familiar with contronyms? Do you usually use anxious in the positive or negative sense and does that correlate with a half-full/half-empty outlook on life? How Adorable is Freya with her letter A?
 
 
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