Whelm &Overwhelm

Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is OVERWHELMED

Of course my first question was: If a person can be OVERwhelmed, can they be just plain WHELMED? And Merriam-Webster says, yes they can.

The meaning is much the same:
to turn something –such as a dish or vessel– upside down usually to cover something : to cover or engulf completely with usually disastrous effect
ike smothering a candle flame with a snuffer.
To be whelmed means to be covered with something, or to be overcome with a thought, feeling, or other. As in OVERWHELMED by grief.
I was amazed to discover that the verb WHELVE means about the same:
to turn (as a dish or vessel) upside down usually to cover something. You can WHELVE your food dish with a cover to keep the food clean.

And now for an inspiring thought:

Desmond Tutu.quote
          Image by Connie Horne  —  Pixabay


5 thoughts on “Whelm &Overwhelm

  1. Not come across whelve before. I like it. But my favourite take-off-the-suffix- word is kempt. We all use the negative form, unkempt, yet few folks use its positive. Guess with a surname like Kemp it’s bound to appeal. 🙂

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    1. I haven’t seen it before, either — which probably means a person shouldn’t use it in writing. Still, instead of telling your noisy teens to “put a lid on it,” maybe we could tell them to “WHELVE IT.” Who knows, they might think it’s cool. 😉

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