I’m Just Whelmed

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Molly recently wished that “blivious” was a word, you know– the positive of “oblivious,” so that one could say either:

“He is so oblivious!”


“I wish he could be more blivious!”

Gets back to the unending hardship that is being underwhelmed and overwhelmed but never just “whelmed.” It is not as though the idea of being just whelmed sounds all that appealing, but one would like to know what that might be exactly. I had a high school teacher who used to rant about this all the time. Just one of those things that sticks.

Have you ever just been whelmed? Or are you not blivious enough to understand what I am saying here?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term comes from Middle English 14th-century usage.

Whelm (transitive verb): to turn (as a dish or vessel) upside down usually to cover something; cover or engulf completely with usually disastrous effect.

Whelm (intransitive verb): to pass or go over something so as to bury or submerge it.

This is almost appallingly unsatisfying. It is a little too similar to things associated with “overwhelmed.”

Oh well, proper usage is proper usage right?

“Appalled” was the word of the week for seventeen days during the Olympics. I think we all know what the new one is. Make it happen folks.



Filed under Ponderings, Word of the Week

3 responses to “I’m Just Whelmed

  1. SO wait. What does ‘whelm’ mean then? in your opinion that is.

    and who was this highschool teacher? xD i hope they’re still at Ignatius. Then I can saunter by one day saying loudly to Thomas ‘I am so WHELMED.’

    and with blivious, you would want some one to be more oblivious? but in the positive sense? like… say, you wish a person wouldn’t read so much into something. Like ‘He reads way to much into flirting. I wish he was more blivious.’

    just trying to get the jest of this.

    • The theory is that blivious would mean “aware” vs. oblivious meaning “unaware.”

      And no he are not there anymore… but Coach Carp used to live in his basement…

  2. Oh and about whelmed, well I felt that it would be somewhat more passive but it seems to garner usage similar to overwhelmed, overall, which I find disappointing.

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