Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

We’re not the only ones with questions about words.… In the movie 10 Things I Hate About You Chastity asks Bianca about the word whelmClick here to listen to Chastity’s question.

The answer?

Whelm, v. to cover or bury.

This is indeed the whelm you know so well from overwhelm. I’m sure you know what it’s like to be snowed under and overburdened—not just buried, but overburied. So I’m sure you’ll agree that the over in overwhelmed is called for.

Word in the Wild: It’s okay if he’s scruffy…just as long as he doesn’t bark too much or whelm bones in my flower garden.

You can find a complete listing of the Word Blog’s Vest-Pocket Vocabulary entries and learn more about where they come from here.

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