Daily Archives: November 14, 2010

It’s Not Bile

I am feeling melancholy.

I thought I felt melancholy but I wasn’t sure.  The mood seemed to fit the word.  So I looked it up to make sure that is what I felt.   This is what dictionary.com says melancholy means:

mel·an·chol·y

http://sp.dictionary.com/dictstatic/d/g/speaker.swf [mel-uhn-kol-ee]  Show IPAnoun, plural -chol·ies, adjective
–noun 

1. 

a gloomy state of mind, esp. when habitual or prolonged;depression.
2. 

sober thoughtfulness; pensiveness.
3. 

Archaic . 

a. 

the condition of having too much black bile, consideredin ancient and medieval medicine to cause gloominessand depression.
b. 

black bile.
–adjective 

4. 

affected with, characterized by, or showing melancholy;mournful; depressed: a melancholy mood.
5. 

causing melancholy or sadness; saddening: a melancholy occasion.
6. 

soberly thoughtful; pensive.”
Okay I don’t think I am full of black bile.  That does seem archaic.   Good call dictionary.com.   But parts of the definition feel correct, and applicable to how I feel.   I don’t think I’m really depressed.  But definitely I am “soberly thoughtful; pensive”.
Thanks dictionary.com for helping me better define my mood.   My moment.   I like the word melancholy.   Though I think I better be more careful when I use the word to describe my moods.   I don’t want people to misinterpret me as thinking I am full of black bile.
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