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Wacky Weather

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 WThe end is so close I can taste it. And it’s a good thing because as much fun as I’ve had with these contronyms, I’m plum tuckered out. Fortunately, the W section of the contronym list had a nice array of choices. Unfortunately, it’s all downhill from here – the last three letters will be no fun at all. But for today, the contronym is weather.
 
Weather - To discolor, disintegrate, wear, or otherwise affect adversely by exposure; to show the effects of exposure to the elements
 
~ or ~
 
Weather - To come through (something) safely; to withstand the effects of weather
 
This poor creature lost his spirit and allowed the elements to weather him . . .
Weathered Lion
 
. . . while this fierce beast roars at wind, rain, and time as he weathers anything they throw at him.
Sandstone Lion
 
Are you familiar with contronyms? Can you think of any other ‘W’ contronyms? How Wonderful does Molly look with her letter W?
 
Weathered lion image courtesy of Sailko
Clean lion image courtesy of Senapa
 

Very Vital

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 VThe letter V was much more accommodating than the letter U. There were four solid contronyms to choose from, and weirdly two of them (vegetative and vital) had one definition about being full of life and then another definition from the sad end of the spectrum. For the featured contronym, I’ve decided to go with vital.
 
Vital - Full of life; animated
 
~ or ~
 
Vital - Destructive to life; fatal
 
Since April is National Poetry Month, I figured that even though I lack poetry writing prowess, I should make at least one of my examples a poem.
 
A vital young woman
Her energy overflows
A string of lovesick men
Follow wherever she goes
Happy woman
But from the other women
A jealousy arose
They do their best to shame her
Their words are vital blows
Sad woman
 
Are you familiar with contronyms? Can you think of any other ‘V’ contronyms? How Vivacious is Lily with her letter V?
 
Vivacious woman image courtesy of juliaf 
Depressed woman image courtesy of glendali

Unqualified Unbending

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 UAfter having a bunch of letters in a row with lots of contronyms to choose from, I was sad to see there were only two choices for the letter U: unbending and unqualified. Even worse, I’m not excited about either one. I think they both fall into that category where you have to do some twisting and stretching to see the definitions as opposites. But unbending is the more contronym-y of the two choices, so I’m going with that one.
 
Unbending – not bending; rigid or inflexible
 
~ or ~
 
Unbending - to relax (the mind) or (of the mind) to become relaxed
 
Tiger was unbending in his views about the dangers of recreational catnip, so his buddies Socks and Smokey thought it would be hilarious to lace his food with it. Now Tiger’s unbending in the normally terrifying bathtub.
Smiling Cat
Image courtesy of SineadL
 
Are you familiar with contronyms? Can you think of any ‘U’ contronyms that didn’t make the list? How Upside-down is Freya with her U?

Temper Tantrum

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.
 
Bailey with the letter TSimimlar to buckle, the contronym I'm featuring today has so many definitions that there actually ends up being two pairs of opposing definitions. So what is this über-contronym? Temper.
 
Temper - calmness of mind; composure [calm]
 
~ or ~
 
Temper - heat of mind or emotion; proneness to anger [angry]
 
-- and --
 
Temper - to dilute, qualify, or soften by the addition or influence of something else [to soften]
 
~ or ~
 
Temper - to harden (as steel) by reheating and cooling in oil [to harden]
 
In the short clip below, you could say the man needs to temper his temper because the tempered metal making up the computer has a temper than will not be ruffled by him.
 
Okay, that was a pretty bad example, but I was trying to fit all variations in one sentence. Hope you are having better day than this gentleman:
 
Are you familiar with contronyms? Can you think of examples of other ‘T’ contronyms? How Tuckered out is Bailey with her letter T?

Special Screening

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.
 
Chloe with the letter SHere we are at the start of week four and letter S of the A to Z challenge. Not surprisingly, the letter S has a large selection of contronyms to choose from, probably the most so far. So which contronym did I decide to feature? It's a word I use fairly often: screen.
 
Screen - show; project on a screen
 
~ or ~
 
Screen - hide; conceal from view
 
Since I make short films, I often use the word screen in the showing context, as in screening a movie for an audience. Here's a non-fiction example: My short film High Heels & Hoodoo will screen at the Reel Shorts Film Festival in Canada on May 4th. Whoo hoo - we're so excited! Click here for more information.
 
As for the hiding context, here's another non-fiction example: During the Q&A session after a screening of my short film Saying Goodbye, I got emotional talking about my grandmother and used a program to screen my crying face from the audience.
 
Since Saying Goodbye also starts with the letter S, I'd like to screen it for you now. It's only sixteen minutes long and has won several awards at film festivals. If you enjoy it, please pass it along to family and friends. We'd be most appreciative - thank you!
 

If a cat predicted your death, how would it change your life?

 
Are you familiar with contronyms? Can you think of examples of other ‘S’ contronyms? How Sleepy is Chloe with her letter S?

Ready to Root

My theme for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge is contronyms, which 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 RThere are a lot of R contronyms on the various lists, but I think some of them are practically cheating. Some previous words on the lists have kind of twisted and stretched the definitions in order to make them contronyms, but several of these examples barely qualify as the same word because they are just adding 're' to the front of other words. For example: release (let go) versus re-lease (hold on to) and resign (quit a contract) versus re-sign (sign a contract again). There were a few more like these, and I don't really think they count. So for my featured R contronym, I picked one that truly has opposite meanings: root.
 
Root - to implant or establish deeply
 
~ or ~
 
Root - to pull up or remove completely
 
Diana rooted a cutting from her grandmother's prized rose bush in order to always have a reminder of the woman's gentle soul . . .
Planting a seedling
. . . but tenacious weeds threatened to overwhelm the fragile planting, so Diana rooted out the interlopers in a vicious frenzy of curse words and dripping sweat.
Pulling a weed
 
And with the events of the past week, I thought I'd add one on a more serious note.
 
Sometimes evil roots itself into the hearts and minds of petty people, and that's when brave men and women step forward to help root evil from society, whether it's by heroically putting themselves in the path of danger or performing acts of kindness that remind us of the true human spirit.
Tree with heart roots
 
Are you familiar with contronyms? Can you think of examples of other ‘R’ contronyms? How Relaxed is Molly with her letter R?
 

Planting seedling image courtesy of domdeen / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Pulling weed image courtesy of domdeen / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Tree-heart image courtesy of Archipoch / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Quantum Quantity

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 QThe letter Q is often a tough one for many of the A to Z challenge themes, but luckily my list of contronyms has four options. One of the options is quiddity, which was actually the #15tt word the day after contronym was the #15tt word (my first introduction to these weird and wonderful words). How is that for a weird coincidence? But since quiddity is such a rare word, I don’t want to feature it as the contronym of the day.
 
Two of the other Q contronym options are qualified and quite, and like some other words that have been on the list, I think it takes some stretching to really call their definitions opposites. So that leaves me with quantum as today’s featured contronym. I think it’s a solid offering, but since I wrote last year’s Q post on the show Quantum Leap, I do feel a slight sense of déjà vu.
 
Quantum – the smallest quantity of some physical property
 
~ or ~
 
Quantum – a large quantity; significant
 
In order to make quantum advances in our understanding of quantum particles, will we end up turning the world into a quantum pile of quantum dust?
Quantum Mechanics in Space
Image courtesy of Victor Habbick / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
 
 
Are you familiar with contronyms? Can you think of any ‘Q’ contronyms that might have escaped the list? How Quaint is Lily with her letter Q

 

Perfect Pitch

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 PBefore I get on with this year’s P post, I just have to say my P post from last year is one of my favorites. It’s so ridiculous, and I love the picture of my naughty girl with her poop face. And now that I’ve managed to use the word poop again on P day, let’s move on to today’s contronym, which is pitch.
 
Pitch – to erect and fix firmly in place
 
~ or ~
 
Pitch – to throw, to discard by throwing
 
“Son, I need you to pitch that tent.”
 
An hour later, the father walks out back to find a ratty tent set up in the grass with the wind whistling through the numerous holes. “Son, why did you put this piece of garbage up in the yard? You were supposed to throw it away.”
 
“Well, Dad, you said to pitch it.”
 
Tent
 
 “Son, I need you to pitch that tent.”
 
An hour later, the father walks out back to find an empty patch of grass. He goes into the garage and discovers the family tent in the trashcan. “Son, why did you throw away this perfectly good tent? You were supposed to put it up in the backyard.”
 
“Well, Dad, you said to pitch it.”
 
Awkward segue alert!
 
Speaking of pitches, the first round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) is judged on pitches
 
New visitors from the A to Z Challenge: I’ve entered ABNA several times, and if you want more details about my history with the contest, you can read about it here. But the important info for this post is that the first year I made it to the quarterfinals I got a glowing review from Publisher’s Weekly with one minor weakness mentioned. Last year I made the quarterfinals with the EXACT same novel, and the PW review was spirit crushing and made me cry. So this year I rewrote the first third of the novel attempting to fix the weaknesses and entered again.
 
First I made it past the pitch stage, and then I made it past the excerpt stage to the quarterfinals. The semifinal list came out on Tuesday, and sadly my name was not on it. But since the cut went from 100 to 5, I was disappointed, but not surprised. What I really wanted to see was my PW review, and the wait was making me crazy.
 
I know I shouldn’t let the anticipation of one review from one person have so much power over me, but my brain was doing its usual crazy thing. 1. Since I had one good and one bad PW review, I was imbuing this third one with mystical tie-breaking powers – whichever way this one went indicated the way all strangers were going to react to my novel going forward. 2. No one but me had read the significantly rewritten first third of my manuscript, not even my trusted first readers. So this would be my very first reaction to the changes, and if they said my book sucked, then all my changes would have been a colossal waste of time. No pressure.
 
On Sunday, I found out in the ABNA forums that due to a computer glitch (maybe?), some people had started getting their reviews that morning. Of course I wasn’t one of those put out of my misery early despite how many times I hit the refresh button. By the time the semifinal results were announced on Tuesday, I was already a basket case. And still no PW review for me and a block of other writers. And since we’re writers, our imaginations went berserk. Of course we hadn’t gotten ours because they were the worst ones ever. Or maybe the best ones except for the semifinalists? There was even a crazy theory floated that they never got around to reading ours. We all went to bed nervous wrecks. Notice I didn’t say we went to sleep - no chance of that!
 
I was sure when I got up Wednesday my review would be there, but, no, the tortuous waiting was not over yet. Then at about 2:30 in the afternoon, my PW review FINALLY appeared. Fingers trembling so much I could barely open it, heart racing so hard it was basically one long beat, I read my review. And it was good! Really good! And the best part is they positively referenced the thing that was listed as a weakness in the first review, so that means my changes worked! I was so relieved I actually shed a few happy tears as that four day stress build-up finally released.
 
I’m so grateful I received a positive review, but having been on the opposite end last year, my heart goes out to my fellow ABNAers who had a less-than-kind review. Eat some chocolate. Drink some alcohol. Then glean anything you can from the review that could potentially improve things and get right back up on that writing horse!
 
Were you a part of ABNA this year? Are you familiar with contronyms? Can you think of any other ‘P’ contronyms? How Pretty is Freya with her letter P

 

Tent image courtesy of juliaf.

Over and Out

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.
 
Bailey with the letter OAfter the uninspiring contronym choices for N, I was delighted to see O had so many fun ones to choose from. Now I feel a strong urge to whine about it being too hard to pick just one to feature, but that seems petty after whining about yesterday’s lack of worthwhile offerings. So instead, I’ll close my eyes and randomly stab my finger at one. Okay . . . the lucky winner is out. Out is another word with a page full of various definitions, but for the purpose of contronyms we have:
 
Out – depleted, extinguished, i.e. invisible
 
~ or ~
 
Out – into the open, i.e. visible
 
Stars
“The stars are out! The stars are out!” 
 
Shane didn’t look up from his game of God of War as his younger brother Mark ran inside shouting. He shrugged. “Big whoop, it’s nighttime. The stars are supposed to be out. It’s kind of their thing.”
 
“That’s not it, smartass. They’re out, as in no longer twinkling. There’s nothing there - just a black sky.”
 
That was enough to make Shane glance away from the screen. His eyes flicked to the window. “It’s just clouds, dipshit. A storm must be rolling in.” A grunt from the TV signaled Kratos was being killed by a Gorgon. Mark cursed and turned back to slaying the beast with a series of violent thumb movements.
 
Mark rushed to his brother and yanked the controller from his hands. Shane leaped from the couch. “I’m going to kill you!”
 
Mark ran outside with the controller clutched to his chest. When Shane caught up, Mark pointed to the sky before Shane could hit him. Mark whispered, “No clouds.”
 
Shane’s mouth dropped open as he saw the sky was clear. Completely clear. Not a light to be seen against the velvety darkness. When Shane finally found his voice, it came out as more of a squeak. “We need to tell someone.”
 
A voice behind them rumbled, “Oh, I think they already know.”
 
Are you familiar with contronyms? Can you think of any other ‘O’ contronyms? How Outstanding is Bailey with her letter O
 
 
Image courtesy of aopsan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

Negligibly Nervy

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.

Chloe with the letter N

Whoo hoo, we've now crossed over into the second half of the A to Z Challenge! I'm excited about that, but I'm less excited about the contronym choices for N. There are only three of them, and there really are no winners in the bunch.

One of the options is nonplussed, which was actually a #15tt word over a year ago. It means surprised, confused or bewildered, but it has come to mean unperturbed in North American English. So similar to inflammable, it is only a contronym because using it incorrectly has become so common, and I really don't want such a poseur contronym to be the featured one for the day.
 
The next option is no question. While I have no objection to the contronym being a phrase rather than a word, the two possible definitions provided on the contronym list are 'definite' or 'not possible.' While I have heard no question used a lot for the 'definite' meaning, I can't think of a single time I've ever heard it used to mean 'not possible.' I've heard out of the question used to mean 'not possible,' but not no question. Am I just becoming forgetful in my old age and overlooking the obvious? If you've heard it used that way, I'd appreciate you leaving me an example sentence in the comments! 
 
That really only left me with the last option to be the featured contronym for N: nervy.
 
Nervy - showing or expressive of calm courage
 
~ or ~
 
Nervy - excitable, jumpy, nervous (chiefly British)
 
So even this one is a stretch since the opposing definition is primarily used on the other side of the pond. I prefer my contronyms to have opposite meanings where both are in wide-spread regular use, but it looks like nervy is the 'best' of the lot. 
 
Kurt walks back and forth past Timmy's house, his dog snarling and barking at the end of its leash. With each pass, he lets the dog pull him closer to the driveway. He laughs as Timmy gets more and more nervy, backing up and refusing to make eye contact.
 
Hearing the commotion, Timmy's sister Emma hurries outside and marches to the end of the driveway. She stares at Kurt until he looks down pretending to adjust the leash in his hand. Then she stares at the dog until the only noise it makes is a slight whimper. Kurt and his dog slink away, looking for a new target . . . one without a nervy big sister.
Nervy Kids
 
Are you familiar with contronyms? Can you think of any ‘N’ contronyms that aren't on the list? How Nifty is Chloe with her letter N?
 

Image courtesy of marin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net