So BBFFs (Blessed Blog Friends Forever) – even those of you who are professional writers or word nerds – wanna learn something new?
I know you do!
Okay, you’ve heard of synonyms, antonyms, acronyms, and pseudonyms right? (Hey, if you respond with the meaning of all four – but please DON’T cheat and look them up – on the blog feed below, I’ll throw your name in the fedora to win a beautiful Too Blessed to be Stressed 2020 Planner! C’mon now, play fair – I want to hear your best guess if you’re not sure. They don’t have to be correct to get your name in the drawing. Let’s just have some fun!)
But wait … have you heard of contronyms?
No? Me neither, until I saw an article in Reader’s Digest!
Yep, you use contronyms every day and like me, you were probably clueless. A contronym is a word that is its own opposite. Talk about double meanings! Cool, huh?
For instance (many of the following definitions are from mentalfloss.com as found in the Reader’s Digest, 11/19 issue, but the entire last one and all the example sentences are mine … as if you couldn’t tell):
- “Cleave” can mean either “to cling/adhere” or “to split/sever.” Totally opposite. As in: After age 50, your cleavage quits cleaving vs. She chopped off the Thanksgiving turkey leg with a meat cleaver.
- “Left” can mean “departed” or “remaining.” She left the boring New Year’s Eve party vs. She’s the only diehard left.
- To “dust” can mean either “to add dust” (as in to crop-dust) or “to remove dust” (that one time a year you rediscover the color of your furniture).
- “Off” can mean “deactivated” or “activated” as in: I turned off the giblet gravy burner when my buzzer went off. (I wonder which definition goes for: A guy in an off-white trenchcoat offed my cousin Venny when he ran off with the Godfather’s wife.)
- “Bad” in current day vernacular means both “bad” and “good,” or sometimes even both at the same time, as in: She got her bad self down on the dance floor, oh she bad, she bad vs. He’s crazy-bad at ballroom dancing.
Can you think other contronyms you use regularly? I’ll be tickled to throw your name in the fedora for that TBTBS Planner for every one you come up with in the reply feed below. (Again, please use your brain, not your e-device.)
*Woohoo000! My new Thanksgiving giveaway is here! It’s called the Giving Thanks Giveaway!
All you have to do to enter is to EMAIL ME me three things you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving – photos are always welcome! Your name will go into my grandma’s antique gravy bowl and a winner will be chosen on Nov. 27. And just look at the prizes!
- An adorable “Thankful, Grateful, Blessed” tee
- A Too Blessed to be Stressed 2020 Planner
- The desktop model of the Too Blessed to be Stressed Perpetual Calendar for gentle witnessing
- A container of my personal choco-faves for your munching pleasure
- And, of course, a special surprise from me just for you
I’d love to post some of your entries for our entire community of BBFFs to enjoy during the two upcoming weeks before Thanksgiving, so please don’t tarry and do enter ASAP. (Again, photos are awesome; by sending a photo, you’re giving me permission to post it here on my Too Blessed to be Stressed blog unless you indicate otherwise.)
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*P.S.S. Can’t resist sharing this … in the same Reader’s Digest issue containing the contronym article, right across the page in “The Worst Advice I Ever Got,” column was this hilarious quote: “An internship at the White House will be amazing on your resume!”
It was from Monica Lewinsky. BwaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa
Denise G Akkerman says
The meanings as I recall:
synonyms – two words that mean the same thing;
antonyms – two words that mean something opposite;
acronyms – a “word” made up of using the first letters of a phrase or something like that
pseudonyms – other names one is known as?
Janine G says
First, I love your messages and humor. You always seem to know just what I need to hear!
Synonym: Tow words that have the same meaning
Antonym: Words that have the opposite meaning
Pseudonym: A false name, usually for a writer
Acronym: a “word” that is comprised of the first letters of other words in a phrase that is usually accepted as a stand alone word. Like NASA or SCUBA
I love the new word you taught me!
that would be two words…
Julie Blackmore says
Sick…I was too sick to go to school…that car is sic (slang for awesome)
The kid (baby goat) ate my homework….that kid (child) is developing into a powerful godly man.
I think thia is right…either way, this was fun…got my brain working haha…thank You Abba.
Have a bless day Debra
Julie, you’ve come up with some mighty sic contronyms! Thanks for playing! (BTW, I think “The kid ate my homework” would work for either goats or toddlers.)
Julie, congrats! Your name was plucked out of the fedora to win a Too Blessed to be Stressed 2020 Planner! So happy for you, girlfriend! And thanks for playing.
Heather Shaw says
Synonym- means words that are similar in their meaning. Such as the word like can mean to approve of, to enjoy, to be similar in style or appearance.
Antonym- means word of opposite meaning. Such as word like, the opposite would be dislike, disapprove, not appearing similar in style.
Pseudonym- is a false name that a person takes to cover their true identity. Usually writers, actors and criminals, (politicians after they get caught in a crime).
Acronyms- are abbreviations of words or short sentences that are used by people who want confuse those who might otherwise understand what you’re saying, who are too lazy to write what they really mean, don’t know how to really spell, are trying to convince others that they’re still 20 yrs old or younger, give old people a way to keep their minds sharp by trying to figure out what it stands for.
Synonyms are words that are similar.
Antonyms are words that are opposites.
Acronyms are abbreviations for words.
Pseudonyms are words that are made up or are used in place of others.
I don’t know if all of these are correct, Deb, but I do know YOUR words are a blessing to us. Thank you for your wonderful words.