Word of the Week Wednesday: Maudlin


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: maudlin.

Maudlin is an adjective which means excessively emotional or sentimental to the extent of being weepy.

Being a fan of bands like the Smiths and the Cure, I find this appealing.

Morrissey has a song named: Late Night Maudlin Street and the liner notes of the Cure album, Wish include a quote from Shelley’s To a Skylark:

We look before and after,
And pine for what is not:
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.

The word itself is a variation on Mary Magdalene, who is often portrayed as weeping.

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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