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Wallow

Postby Slava » Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:26 pm

From onelook.com:

▸ noun: an indolent or clumsy rolling about ("A good wallow in the water")
▸ noun: a puddle where animals go to wallow
▸ verb: delight greatly in ("Wallow in your success!")
▸ verb: devote oneself entirely to something; indulge in to an immoderate degree, usually with pleasure ("Wallow in luxury")
▸ verb: be ecstatic with joy
▸ verb: roll around, "pigs were wallowing in the mud"
▸ verb: rise up as if in waves

From etymonline.com

O.E. wealwian "to roll," from W.Gmc. *walwojan, from PIE *wal-, *wel- "to roll" (see vulva). Fig. sense of "to plunge and remain in some state or condition" is attested from c.1230. The noun is recorded from 1591.

That first verb definition caught me by surprise. I've always thought of this word as being a slough of despond kind of thing. I've never associated it with joy, that is to say.
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Postby skinem » Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:28 pm

Interesting word.
I guess due to my, um, rural roots, I've always thought of it as either a place where animals go to wallow; or to roll around.
We have a Bear Wallow Road not far from here, although it's been quite a while since any bears were doing any wallowing.

The use that surprised me was the last usage there, "to rise up as if in waves". I've heard of ships wallowing, but always took that to mean that they were rolling.
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Postby Stargzer » Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:14 am

Animals always seem to wallow in the mud, humans in self-pity.
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Postby Slava » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:25 pm

Stargzer wrote:Animals always seem to wallow in the mud, humans in self-pity.


Which is where I don't get the "joy" bit of the definition, at least for us humans. Pigs in mud are probably feeling pretty good, as that's how they cool off.
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Postby sluggo » Sun Dec 14, 2008 2:21 pm

skinem wrote:Interesting word.
I guess due to my, um, rural roots...


-was that back in Wallow, Wallow, Washington?
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Postby skinem » Sun Dec 14, 2008 10:13 pm

sluggo wrote:
skinem wrote:Interesting word.
I guess due to my, um, rural roots...


-was that back in Wallow, Wallow, Washington?


Ha! Actually, not far from there.
Also, spent much of the '90s not far from Wallowa, OR.

There's gotta be a joke in there somewhere...
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Postby Slava » Sun Dec 14, 2008 10:33 pm

skinem wrote:
sluggo wrote:
skinem wrote:Interesting word.
I guess due to my, um, rural roots...


-was that back in Wallow, Wallow, Washington?


Ha! Actually, not far from there.
Also, spent much of the '90s not far from Wallowa, OR.

There's gotta be a joke in there somewhere...


Well, it's a bit prurient perhaps, but if you were rolling around having a lot of fun, wallowing in your youth, shall we say, then it does sound like fun, if not a joke.

Hmm, have we had prurient as a Goodword?
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Postby sluggo » Sun Dec 14, 2008 11:06 pm

Slava wrote:
Hmm, have we had prurient as a Goodword?


No, but we flirted with it.

You should set it up- could be ...interesting.
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