ellesieg (ellesieg) wrote in 1word1day,

Tuesday Word: merry-go-sorry

Merry-go-sorry is a combination of happiness and sadness, relief and regret, or a story that provokes this mix of emotions. The Oxford English Dictionary's quotations for this apparently obsolete word are both from poet and novelist Nicholas Breton:

"Joying to see the kinde heart of this other olde gentleman, sorie to be an occasion of such anger to himselfe, and trouble to his house, betwixt a merrie, goe sorie, I fell to such weeping, as quite spilde mine eyes."

"Thou hast told me of such a Merry goesory, as I haue not often heard of: I am sory for thy ill fortune, but am glad to see thee aliue."

Which is my excuse for spending ten minutes on this:


See, he was thrilled by how short the line was, but that only brought him closer to that moment when you accidentally lock eyes with a parent who was just gazing affectionately at their child, and as your smiles turn to cringes, your joy at having snagged one of the coveted unicorns fades just enough to make room for the awareness that a lone adult can't really ride a carousel without looking out of place at best and creepy at worst. Merry-go-sorry on a merry-go-round..possibly followed by a chili dog and some merry-go-down.

Sorry, Breton. Anything for a mnemonic device.
Tags: m, wordsmith: ellesieg

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