Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Lugubrious

Lugubrious means, doleful, mornful or dismal. It sounds as though it should be something fun, doesn't it?

As far as I can recall I've only ever come across it in relation to speech, but characters needn't just speak lugubriously, the could show their inner lugubriousness through a sad expression and dejected manner.

Much as I like the sound of foghorns, I think it would be fair to describe the noise they make as lugubrious.

Thanks to Beatrice!!!!

26 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Now that's an excellent photo for lugrubious .... and when I hear the foghorns here they are daunting ... thick fog on the Channel .. cheers Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Usually because it accompanied by thick, gloomy fog.

Beatrice Charles said...

You're very welcome, Patsy! One of my favourite words. I must try and find a place for it in my next story.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

too many vowels for my mouth

Chrys Fey said...

Now that's a word I didn't know before. ;)

Maria said...

I don't like this word Patsy, I can't even pronounce it correctly... Have you made it up just to fox us?

Patsy said...

I like the sound of fog horns, Hilary. Just as well as we often hear them here.

Patsy said...

The sound suits the weather, doesn't it?

Patsy said...

It is a very good word, Beatrice.

Patsy said...

There are words with more, Mac. Can't think of any right now, but I'm sure there are plenty.

Patsy said...

It's fairly new to me, Chrys.

Patsy said...

I have trouble spelling it, Maria - but it is a real word.

Oscar said...

Thanks for telling what it means. I've seen it used, but never looked it up. I thought it was supposed to be comical.

Lynda R Young said...

This is one of my favourite sounding words..I just wish I had more use for it ;)

richardpeeej said...

You will have to join me on a scrabble like program I use Patsy. I love learning all these new words.

TracyFells said...

I love this word! Wouldn't it make for a great character name ... Mr Lugubrious ...

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I've always loved this word and it makes me think of Victor Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave!

Patsy said...

I saw it used, didn't look it up then saw it somewhere else the next day. I took the second hint.

Patsy said...

A few articles on bloodhounds should do the trick, Lynda.

Patsy said...

I'll try to find you some with high scoring letters, Richard.

Patsy said...

He'd be a good undertaker, Tracy.

Patsy said...

Yes, Rosemary it quite suits him.

lizy-expat-writer said...

You wouldn't be able to use lugubrious in that online Scrabble - called New Words with Friends, which I play too - because you only get seven letters. Even so I am usually beaten.

Carolb said...

It's a great word, very evocative, but deserves a fun meaning instead. :-)

Patsy said...

Can't you add them to other letters in the same was as normal scrabble, Lizy?

Patsy said...

Droly dolefu perhaps, Carol?