Though these days the term wordmonger refers to "a writer or speaker who uses language pretentiously or carelessly," please join me in proposing a new meaning. A fishmonger appreciates and promotes fish, therefore, a wordmonger does the same for words.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

What are you feeling?

What are you feeling?

Nothing inspires an emotional response like politics. Whether the present election cycle is getting you down or goading you to action, it’s affecting you. Join me in exploring the nuances of words that might pertain to your feelings.

On the not-so-positive side, you might be feeling:

appalledterror or dismay at a shocking but apparently unalterable situation

daunted – disheartened or intimidated

dismayedfear or discouragement at the prospect of some difficulty or problem which one doesn’t know how to resolve

horrified  -- horror, loathing or irritation at that which shocks or offends one

enervated – a loss of force, vigor, or energy

debilitated – temporarily weakened

undermined or sapped – weakened or impaired by subtle, gradual, or stealthy means

Or you might find this race for president is filling you with energy. If so, you might be feeling:

exhilarated – an enlivened elevating of the spirits

stimulated – roused from inertia, inactivity or lethargy

invigorated – filled with vigor or energy in a physical sense

vitalized – invigorated or animated in a non-physical sense

quickened – roused to action

Most of us are a hodge-podge of all these. I’m hoping you might leave a comment noting which reactions seem strongest in you.

(the above offer is good for the first ten folks who respond)

Big thanks to this week’s sources: Merriam-Webster, Wordnik, Etymonline, Collins Dictionary, Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, 1959, & the OED.


  1. Horrified by Mr. T and vitalized by Ms. C. Reporting live from Morro Bay!

    1. Hey Leslie - thanks for popping by. I hope life's begin good to you.

  2. Definitely appalled on one side and invigorated on the other. I realized recently that those "microaggressions" by entitled, bullying men are bothering me in a way they haven't since the 1970s. I don't know if Mr. T is emboldening them, or I'm noticing that behavior again when I used to ignore it. But all that horrifying behavior is putting the vigor back into my feminism.

    1. And a little vigor is always a good thing. Thanks for - once again - coming by.