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/
Buffalo - think4photop/
Fast car - M - Pics/
Snow car - WDRdesign
Boy running - chrisroll/
Hugging - David Castillo Dominici/
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Erin Shakespear's picture

Hey Jocelyn :)

Contronyms, eh? I've never heard of them before. But they are definitely quirky! What a fun theme for the challenge! 

Philip V Ariel's picture

Hi Jocelyn,

Nice to be here via one of my friends page at a to z

Good post with a good theme for the challenge.

Fast or Speed is good but remember that Speed Kills. LOL

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Natalie Aguirre's picture

Great choice for f. I hadn't thought to use fast to show something stuck. Thanks for sharing a new way to use this word.

Rebeccah Giltrow's picture

These are brilliant.  I love language, and I'm learning a lot from your posts :)

Patricia Lynne's picture

Interesting choice for F. I don't like the snow picture though. I'm tired of snow (and it's snowing right now at my house.)

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Erin - It's been fun featuring them!

Philip - Thanks! And thanks for the suggestion, but I can't have google friend connect because I don't use blogger, and besides GFC there really doesn't seem to be a standard one.

Natalie - You're welcome. It's been fun reading the various definitions for words I thought I knew.

Rebeccah - Glad to hear it!

Patricia - This winter lingering into April things sucks. But I can't complain because at least we don't have snow to worry about here.

John Wiswell's picture

That snowed up car looks familiar. What a winter we had around here...

Kathe W.'s picture

great pics for A-Z Challenge! Have a simply fantastic day!

Ruby Wilbur's picture

I am really enjoying these posts. It would be an interesting exercise to write poems using contronyms- use the word once in each of its senses, or something? I may try it. 


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Jenn Flynn-Shon's picture

I can't even believe I'm going to admit this out loud, especially as a Writer, but I'd never even heard of contronyms until reading your post. But I think I just fell in love! Its like the irony of wordy pursuits. Great choice of a work for letter F. Hope you're enjoying the A to Z Challenge!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

John - Yeah, it's been chilier than normal here, but I can't even imagine all the snow you guys up North have had.

Kathe - Thanks! And you, too!

Ruby - Glad you like them. If you do end up writing a poem, let me know so I can link to it.

Jenn - Don't worry, I felt the exact same way when I learned about them a few months ago. "These are awesome! How could I not already know about them?!?" That's a big part of why I made them my theme - to share their awesomeness with other writers. :-)

Kern Windwraith's picture

Oh, these are fun! Love your examples and the visual support for them. I can't think of any other F contranyms, unless maybe "fine"? It means excellent or skilled, as in fine workmanship, but it can also mean "okay", as in "How was your day?" "Fine."

Looking forward to more of these!

Sharon's picture

And don't forget the other meaning of fast - not eating.

The English language must be so confusing for foreigners to learn!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Kern - Thanks! And yes, 'fine' is on one of my lists of contronyms - so here's a thumb's up for you! yes

Sharon - Yeah, so many of these words have so many meanings, I have no idea how we (native or foreign speakers) manage to figure it all out.

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