Two fun holiday things
by Andrea Elizabeth
It was very nice to have all the kids, plus 2 friends, home for the Thanksgiving holidays. I hadn’t played Dictionary in years. The last word of the game (I didn’t win) was “whelm”. I was initially underwhelmed at this choice as we’d had some doozies that I can’t remember now, and which inspired some pretty creative entries. But whelm seems a blah word – between being over and under – nowhere, right? Deadpan? Turns out, no.
Noun: An act or instance of flowing or heaping up abundantly; a surge.
Verb: Engulf, submerge, or bury (someone or something): “a swimmer whelmed in a raging storm”.
So that must make overwhelm a double negative like irregardless and unravel.
Here’s the other one: