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This week's theme: words that aren't what they appear to be.
woebegone (WO-bi-gon) adjective
Affected with, or exhibiting, woe.
[From Middle English woe + begon (beset).]
Woe-Be-Gone! Sounds like the perfect name for a drive-thru pain-relief outlet. What a shame, the word means the opposite of what it appears to be.
There is a variety of Australian carpet shark called wobbegong (named from an Australian Aboriginal language). If one ever comes in touch with this fish, a woebegone status is certain.
-Anu Garg garg AT wordsmith.org
"Tara, woebegone and still hiccuping with the force of her crying, was at the door." Hema Nair; Growing Up Tara; Little India (New York); Oct 31, 2002.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. -Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626)