Kooky Keratin

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 KRemember yesterday when I was whining about having only one contronym option for the letter J? Well, it turns out the language gods have a sense of humor. That’s because after scouring all the lists of contronyms I could google up, I was unable to find a single K contronym. Zero. Zilch. Nada. I never would have guessed K would be the one to give me trouble. I mean Q and X are the usual troublemakers, but even they managed to show up for the contronym convention. Come on, K, get it together!
 
We’ll just have to muddle through with the next best thing – a contronym where the second letter is K: sKin. Plus, Keratin makes up the outer layer of skin, and as a K word that has to count for something, right?
 
Skin – to remove or strip off outer covering or skin
 
~ or ~
 
Skin – to cover with or as with skin
 
Like joint yesterday, skin is one of those words where verb versions are used to describe actions involving the noun version. In this case of opposite meanings, one is ‘taking off’ and the other is ‘putting on.’
 
Since I wrote that supremely awesomely spectacular story yesterday showcasing the horrors of joint, I fear any attempt to do the same for skin will end up extremely derivative of my earlier masterpiece. Instead, I’ll leave you with a picture of a character from a truly talented horror writer, Thomas Harris.
Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs
 
Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs skins his female victims so he can skin himself in a woman suit.
 
If the picture puts you in the mood to watch the entire Buffalo Bill dancing scene, then you can find it here, but remember it’s not safe for work since it has salty language and, uh, interesting dancing.
 
Are you familiar with contronyms? Even though I couldn’t find any ‘K’ contronyms that doesn’t mean there isn’t one hiding out there - can you think of any? How Kissable is Freya with her letter K?

 

Comments

John Wiswell's picture

There must be a word for those verbs we derive from principle action around a noun, like skinning and jointing. How do we look that up?

John at The Bathroom Monologues

Mina B.'s picture

Oh Buffalo Bill!  *shudders*  super creepy!  Have you seen and of the Hannibal series on TV.  I watched it last night and it was really good.  

Sheethal's picture

Buffalo Bill loooks creeeeepy............!!!!!!!!!!

Valerie Lawson's picture

Gah! not that kind of skinning!

Valued Visitor Liz's picture

What  afabulous subject, I bet you've been having fun Googling (apart from when it doesn't work!!). I wonder if there is a contranym in another language beginning with K? I am always amazed at the word inflammable which used to be often put on clothes. It means it catches fire, or it won't catch fire. Such  asilly word to use!!

Good luck with the rest of the A-Z!  I'm doing animal poems and facts and often a drawing as well, I like to make things hard for myself. 

Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

Patricia Lynne's picture

"Keratin makes up the outer layer of skin, and as a K word that has to count for something, right?" << Yes, it totally counts! =D

Jocelyn Rish's picture

John - A quick google search shows verbing and verbification. While they make sense, they are pretty boring.

Mina - Yes, he gives me the shivers. And, yeah, I've been watching Hannibal. It's dark and creepy - just the way I love it!

Sheethal - So creepy!

Valerie - I know, it's gross.

Liz - I have been having a ton of fun with them! Whoa, you are way more ambitious than I am!

Patricia - Yay! :-)

Wayne's picture

Back for more of your word play. I am teaching bio this year so Keratin drew me in to this post. Keep going! Stratoz goes AtoZ.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Wayne - Glad you stopped by again. We've made it to the half-way point!

John Holton's picture

Hard to imagine that the same guy that played Buffalo Bill also played Captain Stottlemeyer on "Monk."

Jocelyn Rish's picture

I know, I think my jaw dropped when I realized they were the same person.

xiaojun's picture

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