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Mulligrubs

As it turns out I really do like words. I don’t know why, and it is clear that I do.  I look for words that I have never used and try to wriggle them into a conversation. Someone said it is because I want to appear to be smart.  I pondered that thought a moment and said “No, I really do enjoy learning new things.” Words are easy to learn and after you use them a while they become a part of you. 

The word I learned today is  mulligrubs. According to dictionary.com here are the specifics.

“The extravagant spelling variants of mulligrubs, e.g., mulligrums, mouldy-grubs, merlygrubs, muddigrubs, mullygrumps, murdiegrups,… at least show very plainly that mulligrubs has no sound etymology. Mulligrums “low spirits, bad temper, bad mood” first appears at the end of the 16th century. (Some scholars suggest a relationship between mulligrums and the slightly earlier noun megrims “melancholy, low spirits.”) A quarter of a century later, about 1625, mulligrubs meant “stomachache, diarrhea” and a few years later “ill-tempered or surly person.” Source

So if you think I might be a little harsh just leave mulligrubs in the comment and I will make an adjustment or at least be quiet!

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  1. My cat got so shook up seeing all the lights and festivities on Christmas Eve he looked like he was having the milligrubs and went running back outside. BTW my PC does not accept this word it puts a red line under this word and asks if I meant milligrams

  2. Because English is not my mother tongue, and I rarely use it in everyday life, then there are so many words that I don’t know, especially those that are used to show that language user or speaker or the one who say want to look smart. But that kind of thing also exists in interactions in my place.

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