Yummy Yield

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 YThere was only one option for the letter Y on my lists of contronyms, but now that we've reached the difficult end of the alphabet, I'm just grateful to have a contronym to talk about no matter what it is. And this one is pretty decent: yield. The meanings are not as obviously opposite as some of the contronyms I've presented, but it doesn't require as much stretching and twisting as some of the others I've seen.
 
Yield - to produce, give forth, or furnish

~ or ~

Yield - to give up, relinquish, surrender

The villagers are kind-hearted souls who tend their farms with love, which yields crops that are the envy of the kingdom.

Crops raised with love

Beans tomatoes Corn

But they are not fighters, so when the soldiers of the jealous king come calling, they must yield and allow all their food to be taken.

Martyrdom of Peter of Verona

Are you familiar with contronyms? Can you think of another ‘Y’ contronym the lists might have missed? How Youthful is Bailey with her letter Y?

Crops images courtesy of novapageserikdungan twicewjs7652

Painting is Depiction of the assasination of Peter the Martyr by the Cathari, by Giovanni Bellini courtesy of The National Gallery

Comments

Natalie Aguirre's picture

Good for you for finding one for Y. Love the rainbow picture.

Patricia Lynne's picture

Great Y word. I had a little trouble finding a word for Y too.

John Wiswell's picture

Yield your yield! That is a great choice for Y-day.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Natalie - Thanks! And I really liked that picture, too.

Patricia - Z is going to be even worse for me. :-(

John - That sums it up perfectly! And thanks!

Carrie Butler's picture

Oo, another good one! :)

Medeia Sharif's picture

I love the rainbow.

Great Y pick.

Ida Chiavaro's picture

Hi Jocelyn, I've decided Yield is probably my favourite contronym because not only does it have opposite meanings they also work together e.g in order to yield (a good crop etc) we must yield (to nature etc) I almost used a similar photo on my yield post today. I have enjoyed your posts very much throughout this challenge

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Carrie - Thanks!

Medeia - A great pic and a great pick. :-)
 
Ida - That's a nice way to look at yield. And thank you very much!
Sharon's picture

Another good one. I have really enjoyed your posts over the course of the challenge.

Sharon

PS Love the rainbow photo

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Sharon - Thanks! And I appreciate that!

It really is a great photo. 

Wayne's picture

Loved your theme. This summer I may be teaching an English class. Think I will open the classes with one.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

You're the second person who has mentioned possibly teaching this to their English class. I'm so thrilled that I've contributed to introducing people to these fun words. 

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