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Word of the Week – Woebegone

After ‘Vanity Fair’ use ‘woebegone’ in the context of ‘Donald Trump’, Matthew Steeples examines that word’s origins


On Wednesday morning, in their daily ‘The Hive’ email to subscribers, Vanity Fair referenced Donald Trump as an ‘ole woebegone’.


Not having heard ‘woebegone’ used in many a year and now realising how appropriate it is to the Neo-Nazi forgiving 45th POTUS, I here share with readers some information on this archaic adjective’s origins.


‘Woebegone’, according to Merriam Webster, originates from the 14th century and whilst the ‘woe’ within it does simply mean ‘woe’, the ‘begon’ is a past participle meaning ‘beset’.


Donald Trump most definitely has gotten our world into a deplorable state and he is most certainly wretched. ‘Woebegone’ is thus the perfect description of this bigoted blaggard.


Listen to a podcast explaining more about the word by clicking here.


Follow Matthew Steeples on Twitter at @M_Steeples.




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