Word of the Monday, April 1, 2013: “Eeyorish”

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'Eeyore's Little Book of Gloom' by A.A. Milne, illustrated by E.H. Shepard.
'Eeyore's Little Book of Gloom' by A.A. Milne, illustrated by E.H. Shepard.
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It’s always interesting when an instance of pop culture or slang cements itself into our dictionaries.  Some recent notables include “f-bomb,” “man cave,” and “sexting.”

 

Today’s Word of the Monday can be credited to A.A. Milne, the author of the  1920s Winnie-the-Pooh series.  His lovable, modest, and somewhat depressed donkey brought this proper adjective into the official English lexicon in the 1990s, probably due to the popularity of the cartoon TV series ’The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.’

 

 

Eeyorish
adjective
pessimistic or gloomy : one of the most Eeyorish speeches we have ever heard.

 

 

Perhaps the next proper adjective we’ll see in the dictionary will be the antonym of Eeyorish: Beyoncish.

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