Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Word of the Week

This week's word is in honor of Garrison Keillor and his radio program, A Prairie Home Companion.  We used to tune in on Sunday afternoons or evenings for as long as our reception would last out in the middle of nowhere.  I wonder if Lake Woebegone is a real place?

woebegone: [woh-bi-gawn, -gonadj.  beset with woe; affected by woe, especially in appearance.

Does it strike anyone else as odd that a word composed of the three words woe, be, gone, means beset with woe.  You'd think it would mean carefree or something.  Oh well.  So anyway, the sentences...

Stella found it hard to hide the fact she was fasting from chocolate; she was perpetually seen with a woebegone expression, walking past the Hershey section of the grocery store.


He was a zarf, she was woebegone...they were perfect for each other.


  1. She was woegegone that her eldest was at church camp and was not writing her letters!

  2. I love this word. I also love the words discombobulated and kerfuffel (no idea if I spelled that correctly, but it's a great word just the same). Some words are just such fun to say evev if you can't spell them.