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Oct 11, 2019
This week’s theme
Pessimists and optimists from fiction who became words

This week’s words
Gummidge
Tigger
Debbie Downer
Tapleyism
Eeyore

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Eeyore with Christopher Robin and friends in What Christopher Robin does in the Mornings
Illustration: E.H. Shepard, 1928

For more optimists and pessimists who have become words, see this week from 2012.

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with Anu Garg

Eeyore

PRONUNCIATION:
(EE-ohr)

MEANING:
noun: A gloomy, pessimistic person.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Eeyore, a donkey in A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh (1926). Earliest documented use: 1932.

NOTES:
Eeyore is named onomatopoeically, after the braying call of a donkey. He’s the most depressing character in the Pooh universe -- the antithesis of Tigger. He keeps losing his tail. His house keeps getting knocked down. How can you blame him for being gloomy and pessimistic? Still, he’s a hopelessly lovable character.

USAGE:
“’My husband was Mr. Positivity with his cancer. I am an Eeyore by nature -- gloom and doom and grump. He died. I didn’t. So go figure,’ posted another.”
Brian Blum; Playing the Cancer Card; Jerusalem Post (Israel); Jul 20, 2018.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Most men resemble great deserted palaces: the owner occupies only a few rooms and has closed off wings where he never ventures. -François Mauriac, writer, Nobel laureate (11 Oct 1885-1970)

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