It’s lousy out: chilly and raining.

It occurred to me earlier, as I was taking note of this, that there are an awful lot of words for this sort of weather, all beginning with ‘d’: damp, dark, dispiriting, dreary, dull, dismal, disagreeable, drenching, dank, drab, doleful, dim, depressing, and probably some others I haven’t thought of.

Writing this down reminds me that there is similar cluster of words dealing with the various qualities of light, all beginning with ‘gl’. But that hardly seems appropriate on a day like today, so we’ll leave it for another time.


  1. Damn, those are a lot d-words!

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted March 29, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink
  2. Kevin Kim says

    As for “gl” words, at first all I could think of were “gloopy” and “glabrous,” but then I realized there were also words like

    •glorious (if we associate glory with a kind of supernal, exalted radiance)
    •glamorous (if we associate Liberace with a kind of supernal, exalted radiance)

    …und so weiter.

    Posted March 29, 2014 at 5:34 pm | Permalink
  3. Malcolm says

    Also: glance, glassy, glaze, glaucous, glint, glimmer, glimpse, glisten, gloom, and glossy.

    Posted March 29, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

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