Sunday, June 19, 2022

Word of the Week – Woebegone

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

 

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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.

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‘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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