Blue Funk: Defined
The other day, a person on twitter (who I consider a friend of sorts, although we actually don’t know each other exceedingly well), mentioned a feeling of despondency that he wished wasn’t around. (Paraphrasing to protect the gentleman.)
And I thought: Oh, yes, that. That is what I’ve had lately. I’m not depressed, or sad, or lost in a blue funk of ambiguous nature, I’m despondent. What a good word.
And then I thought: I should look that up later, and make sure it means what I think it means.
It’s a little different, but kind of close. According to the American English dictionary in my computer:
a state of low spirits caused by loss of hope or courage: he hinted at his own deep despondency.
The British English dictionary in my computer is only slightly different:
noun [ mass noun ]
low spirits from loss of hope or courage; dejection: an air of despondency.
The interesting thing is, it’s actually even closer to accurate now that I see the definitions. I do have low spirits. They are from a loss of hope or courage. I’m fairly dejected and disappointed in myself. I’ll make little half-hearted gestures that attempt to solve the situation I’m hopeless and fearful about, but I haven’t actually attacked the problem thoroughly, because I feel defeated already, so why bother? (I empathize strongly with Eeyore.)
Having a good solid word to hang onto about the mood perked me up for a moment and is actually very satisfying, but it won’t help solve the problem.
It does provide an amusing distraction, at least, for a few moments.