Last time we looked at the many words in English for ‘happy’. Happiness is, of course, a wonderful and important human emotion, but as Carl Jung once said, “The word ‘happiness’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness”. Always keen to provide a little balance on About Words, we are this month focussing on sad words and the different types and degrees of sadness that they describe.
Two very simple words which are often used to mean ‘sad’ are down and low: She seemed a bit down when we spoke this afternoon./Illness of any sort can leave you feeling low. Miserable is another such word: I just woke up feeling miserable.
Some words describe sadness when it is mixed with another emotion. Someone who is morose for example, appears slightly sad but also angry and unwilling to smile or speak: My lovely, chatty twelve-year-old has turned overnight into a morose teenager. Despondent means ‘very unhappy’ but also ‘without hope or enthusiasm’: He became increasingly despondent when she failed to return his calls. Read the rest of this entry ?