Highly Hysterical

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.
Chloe with the letter H
For the letter H, I’m featuring the contronym hysterical, a word that conveys opposite ends of the emotional spectrum.
Hysterical – causing unrestrained laughter; very funny
~ or ~
Hysterical – irrational from fear, emotion, or an emotional shock
I thought I’d try something a little different today to illustrate the two facets of hysterical. If you have arachnophobia, I warn you, do not press play! Here's the direct link if the embedded version isn't working.

Apologies if I traumatized anyone with that spider picture. I’m still twitchy just thinking about it. I’ll also offer up apologies for my terrible “voice acting.” If I had to make a living doing voice acting, it would be a race to see whether I starved to death or died of embarrassment first – I hate being behind the mic as much as I hate being in front of the camera
Are you familiar with contronyms? There are other ‘H’ contronyms out there, can you think of any? Doesn’t Chloe look Heroic with her letter H?
cat image courtesy of Nick Reffitt/lolcats.com 
spider image courtesy of documentingreality.com
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Jamie Dement (LadyJai)'s picture

Still loving the Contronyms...


John Wiswell's picture

This one makes very sound sense to me. It's about being thrown into hysterics, and one can be positively or negatively hysterical. I've had a few hysteria episode, and the laughing ones were actually pretty fun!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Jamie - Thanks, me too!!

John - I love it when I get the giggle fits, and I can't stop even though my eyes are watering and my stomach hurts.

Sharon's picture

Another great post.  However I had trouble getting past the picture of the dog.  

There is no way that our dog would have stayed still for such a photo

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Sharon - What you don't see is the 30+ terrible pictures of Chloe running out of frame.  :-)

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