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?


Michelle's picture

Great choice.
This one is really contradictory.
To harden and soften? Crazy when you think about it, hey?

Patricia Lynne's picture

Great example. I don't think the guy in that video kept his job long after that incident either.

Julia King's picture

Interesting post. I never thought of how contradictory those words are when put together. haha What really makes me laugh is the guy smashing his computer. Poor guy, though. :/
Bailey looks so content with the letter T. Cute.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Michelle - I've been so surprised by how many common, everyday words have opposite meanings. What a crazy language!

Patricia - While looking for this particular clip, I found several others of people going to town on their computers. The funny thing is that they were all trashing the monitors and that's not the part causing their problems. :-)

Julia - I've felt the same way towards my computer sometimes, and I keep reminding myself how much it would cost to replace it. Bailey says thank you!

Courtney Turner's picture

Yes, that's an interesting one. Tempering metal which actually makes it softer.

Sheethal's picture

Good choice :)

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Courtney - It's weird that the word has so many different definitions.

Sheenthal - Thanks!

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