noun [məlēˌgrəbz]

1. a despondent, sullen, or ill-tempered mood : sulks, blues
2. a griping of the intestines : colic

Anyone who has had a child afflicted with the mulligrubs knows that this is the perfect word to describe their misery. (The child’s, not yours)

And anyone who has been blah, or down, or just yucky… might find a little delight in knowing this applies to them as well. So, the next time you find yourself with a case of the mulligrubs, take heart! It will usually pass, and until it does, you can make yourself smile as you repeat to anyone who will listen about your mulligrubidinous plight.

My 2012 word: Mathom

Today’s #fmsphotoaday: alone

One of my most cherished parts of our recent vacation this winter was waking up to see the sunrise each morning, and finding myself blissfully alone most days, in the dark. This photo was taken well after sunrise, which is probably the better time to be taking photos anyway.  When it was totally dark, you could watch the cruise ships inch along the horizon like magical glowing things…

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  1. We’ve all had children with a bad case of mulligrubs! We certainly hope that it is a fleeting malady because sometimes other family members can catch them and then you have an epidemic!
    Great post and thank you for telling us about that intriguing word.
    If you’d like to find out about the moods and antics of my books’ characters, please go to: http://www.dhdunne.blogspot.com. I also have a new author fan page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Children’s-author-Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne/574820065875628

  2. Mulligrubs – this is a wonderful word. I can’t wait to start using it. I do suffer from mulligrubs quite often and it seems to me saying that will be better than saying I’m having a bad day.
    Thank you!!
    Rita from A to Z
    Tattered Past

  3. I love this word! We had one close to this growing up. My mother would say, “Oh dear someone has the molligrumps,” and we had a creature we would play called a “mugwump” which was us crawling around on the floor and under tables with a big blanket over us! Our parents were great at playing along…

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