#FOWC — Mirth and Melancholy


Sometimes things just work out. For my One-Word Challenge today, I selected the word “melancholy.” It means “a gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression; a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.”

I know the cause of my melancholy, but I promised myself I wouldn’t mention Donald Trump today. Oh wait. I just did. Dammit.

But back to my point. Another daily one-word challenge selected the word “mirth.” Mirth means “gladness or gaiety as shown by or accompanied with laughter.”

So, the two daily word prompts today used words that essentially are the exact opposite, one meaning sad and depressed and the other meaning happiness and laughter. I believe, in the nearly two months since those of us who have stepped into the gap left by demise of the WordPress Daily Prompt, this may be a first. Coincidence or serendipity?

Hmm. I wonder if tomorrow’s words might be “coincidental” (occurring or existing at the same time) and “serendipitous” (occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way).

Written for today’s Word of the Day Challenge, “mirth,” and for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “melancholy.”

13 thoughts on “#FOWC — Mirth and Melancholy

  1. newepicauthor July 20, 2018 / 11:04 am

    Although this may be a first, it will probably not be a last and thanks again for stepping into the gap.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ArtisanX July 20, 2018 / 11:49 am

    Hold on. Was it you promised yourself you wouldn’t or that you would?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango July 20, 2018 / 12:40 pm

      Wait, let me reread the transcript, watch the video tape, and hear what my advisors and handlers say. Then I either will or won’t answer the question, depending upon what plays best on Fox News.

      Liked by 1 person

      • ArtisanX July 20, 2018 / 5:22 pm

        You have handlers? How does one acquire one? If you want we can comment on another post and continue this conversation there. Just to clear any misunderstandings. PS I sent you a soccer ball.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. magnoliajem July 20, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    Maybe you should have a contest to see how many of us will combine those prompts. (Promise I wrote mine hours before reading this or anyone else’s. Forgot to publish until reaching your email in my too-full inbox.)

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Sight11 July 20, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    Will you describe your introduction to blogging as coincidental or serendipitous.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango July 20, 2018 / 6:15 pm

      Neither. It was a conscious decision unrelated to anything else.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango July 20, 2018 / 10:20 pm

      Yeah, I thought you might relate to that one.


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