Majorly Mad

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 MWe've arrived at the start of the third week of the A to Z Challenge with the letter M. Are you starting to feel the burn? But we have to keep pushing through the pain, so the contronym for today is mad.
 
Mad – carried away by intense anger or hatred
 
~ or ~
 
Mad – carried away by enthusiasm or desire
 
Similar to hysterical, at its core mad is about intense emotion – it’s just that one is positive and the other is negative. Mad has various meanings, and besides these two opposite emotions, many of the other definitions also contained a range of emotional words: gaiety, merriment, resentful, excitement, confusion, agitation, frantic, hilarious, impetuous, irrational, and so on. So people who are mad are definitely worked up in some way about something.
 
I’m mad about my dogs . . .
Chloe birthday
 
. . . but sometimes I’m mad at my dogs.
Bad Chloe
 
And then there was Mad About You . . .
Mad About You
 
. . . which was a show about a recently wed couple who were mad about each other, but got into plenty of sitcom squabbles that left them mad at each other.
 
Lisa was mad about the portrait Leonardo painted of her.
 
Is Lisa pissed off because she wanted him to show off her pearly whites or is she thrilled because she knows the way he painted her smile will ensure her fame for at least 500 years?
Mona Lisa
 
Are you familiar with contronyms? Can you think of any other ‘M’ contronyms? How Marvelous does Molly look with her letter M?

Comments

Courtney Turner's picture

Hope this commenting field works! First time ever to visit your blog! Yes, spot on, I'm feeling the burn of the middle of the A to Z challenge!

Natalie Aguirre's picture

Love the dog choices for M. Luckily our dog did not get into my daughter's cake this weekend or I would have been really mad. Ha! Great picture though.

Mina B.'s picture

I have two dogs and I'm pretty crazy about them.  One is a puppy and he is in a destructive mode. :(

John Wiswell's picture

One of the more sensible contronym entries, to be sure. It's just about being carried away by any given emotion, similar to ecstatics. And a survey of madness shows just about anything can set someone off. Neat!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Courtney - Yeah, it's at that point it already feels like we've been doing this forever and that there's no end in sight. :-)

Natalie - I do have to admit that the torn up book is a frame job - Chloe didn't actually do it, I did for a series of pictures I was trying to get.

Mina - It's a good thing puppies are so cute or we'd never put up with their destructive little teeth.

John - Yep, even a few gnats flying around my head can send me off into a fit of arm-waving madness.

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