Glorious Garnish

Bailey with the letter GMy 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.
We start the second week of the A to Z Challenge with the letter G. There weren’t many G contronyms to choose from, but garnish was a clear winner to me. 
Garnish – to enhance by adding decorative touches
Garnish the food
~ or ~
Garnish – to take a debtor’s wages
Garnish the wages
Although one is usually used for food and the other for money, the meanings boil down to the opposites ‘to add to’ and ‘to take away from.’
The manager garnished the chef’s wages because he ate all the strawberries and instead garnished the desserts with cherry tomatoes.
Are you familiar with contronyms? Can you think of the other ‘G’ contronyms out there? Doesn’t Bailey look Gorgeous with her letter G?

Chef image courtesy of marin /

Money image courtesy of jannoon028 /

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Natalie Aguirre's picture

Isn't it weird how one word can be so positive and negative. I'm an attorney and I know how much suffering garnishing wages can cause. Great word for G.

Sharon's picture

I hadn't heard of a contronym before.

Very interesting posts.


I look forward to reading more.

John Wiswell's picture

I've enjoyed stories that leaned deeply enough into puns to garnish a dish with shredded cash. But, I'm sucker for word play.

Shelly Wright's picture

I like the first definition better.  LOL

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Kern Windwraith's picture

Ah, give me the pretty garnish over the wage garnish any day! Your example made me laugh. :)

Dani & Jax's picture

What a cool theme for the A to Z challenge!


Margaret Almon's picture

I have loved the sound of the word garnish, as a verb, and somehow  as a noun, especially in the case of a food garnis it isn't the same.

Renee's picture

I love your theme for the A to Z challenge. I had never heard of a contronym before and am enjoying reading the ones you have listed!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Natalie - It is weird, and I never knew how many of them there were out there until this.

Sharon - Welcome to the wonderful world of contronyms!

John - I would think money would taste gross, although I guess you're not supposed to eat garnish anyway.

Shelly and Kern - Yeah, the food garnish is definitely much better!

Dani & Jax - Thanks!

Margaret - Words are weird!  :-)

Renee - Thanks, I'm enjoying discovering new contronyms to share.


Patricia Lynne's picture

So fun discovering all these contranyms. I know the words and the meanings, but it never dawned me that the definitions were complete opposites. ^^

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Patricia - I know, it's weird how we commonly use these words with opposite meanings without ever really thinking about it. 

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