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10 Of The Saddest Words (Or Phrases) In The English Language
back-to-school
Back to school are three words that most kids loathe and all parents love. While there’s no hard data to support that, if you random polled a group of kids and asked them if they’d rather be hanging out at the swimming pool with their friends or waiting at the cold bus stop at seven in the morning, it’s a pretty fair bet they’ll pick the pool.
goodbye
[good-bahy]
An astute poster on the website Quora wrote, “you say (goodbye) all the time, but you never know which one is the last.”
heartbroken
[hahrt-broh-kuhn]
Heartbroken is a tough word. We define it as “crushed with sorrow or grief.” We’ve all been there at one time or another—you know it as soon as you feel it, and you can’t wait for it to go away. This concept tends to rear its ugly head on February 14.
if-only
Dictionary.com defines if only as “I wish that.” Example, “If only I had known you were coming I would have met your plane.” This expression can also be one of wistful regret. “If only we had met 10 years ago.”
it-might-have-been
It might have been is a phrase often tinged with regret. Many movies on Lifetime use this concept. “He gazed into the sunset for a brief moment and watched her vintage MG head off down the long dusty road. With a casual shrug, he turned around and headed back into the now-empty and silent farmhouse, wondering what might have been.”
lonely
[lohn-lee]
If you’re lonely, you are inherently sad. One (er, sadly) goes with the other. There’s no possible way to put a positive spin on this one. So we’ll just leave it be.
love
[luhv]
The word love is evocative of a (mostly) positive and fulfilling emotion, and it has its own holiday every February. There is a flipside to the coin, however. If love is unrequited, it’s the worst, and that’s why it’s on this list.
melancholy
[mel-uhn-kol-ee]
We define melancholy as “a gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression.” As an example, think about Charlie Brown lying on the pitching mound after getting drilled with yet another line drive.
terminal
[tur-muh-nl]
Terminal is never a good word when used in a medical context. It is another word one can never put a good spin on.
what-party
The late Carrie Fisher said two of the saddest words in the English language were "what party?" The one you weren't invited to, it would seem.