Monday, March 23, 2009

International Mirth Day?


Tuesday, March 24th is International Mirth Day.  What is International Mirth Day you may ask?  Chances are, you won't be able to find a card at your local Hallmark shop that commemorates the day.  So, let’s explore the meaning of the word “mirth” shall we?  Source: Dictionary.com

mirth [murth] 

–noun

  1. gaiety or jollity, esp. when accompanied by laughter: the excitement and mirth of the holiday season.
  2. amusement or laughter: He was unable to conceal his mirth

Origin: 
bef. 900; ME mirthe, OE myrgth.  

mirthless, adjectiveSynonyms:

1, 2. Mirth, glee, hilarity, merriment, jollity, joviality refer to the gaiety characterizing people who are enjoying the companionship of others. Mirth suggests spontaneous amusement or gaiety, manifested briefly in laughter: uncontrolled outbursts of mirth. Glee suggests an effervescence of high spirits or exultation, often manifested in playful or ecstatic gestures; it may apply also to a malicious rejoicing over mishaps to others: glee over the failure of a rival. Hilarity implies noisy and boisterous mirth, often exceeding the limits of reason or propriety: hilarity aroused by practical jokes. Merriment suggests fun, good spirits, and good nature rather than the kind of wit and sometimes artificial fun making that cause hilarity: The house resounded with music and sounds of merriment. Jollity and joviality may refer either to a general atmosphere of mirthful festivity or to the corresponding traits of individuals. Jollity implies an atmosphere of easy and convivial gaiety, a more hearty merriment or a less boisterous hilarity: The holiday was a time of jollity. Joviality implies a more mellow merriment generated by people who are hearty, generous, benevolent, and high-spirited: the joviality of warm-hearted friends. 

Antonyms:
1. gloom.

Now that we, hopefully, have a better understanding of the word, we need to take full advantage of this day and spread the mirth.

Please feel free to peruse my archives, located in the side bar, for the many, many posts that include mirth, glee, hilarity, merriment jollity and joviality.  


11 comments:

  1. Oh ho ho. What a great way to do the carnival. I am proud.

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  2. One day, a minister, a priest and a rabbi went for a hike. It was very hot.

    They were sweating and exhausted when they came upon a small lake. Since it was fairly secluded, they took off all their clothes and jumped in the water. Feeling refreshed, the trio decided to pick a few berries while enjoying their "freedom." As they were crossing an open area, who should come along but a group of ladies from town. Unable to get to their clothes in time, the minister and the priest covered their privates and the rabbi covered his face while they ran for cover.

    After the ladies had left and the men got their clothes back on, the minister and the priest asked the rabbi why he covered his face rather than his privates. The rabbi replied, "I don't know about you, but in MY congregation, it's my face they would recognize.

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  3. What a great, tho seldom used word! I'm all over mirth - let mirth rule my day, everyday! Did you ever read Dickson's Word Treasury? GREAT words, he was a collector!

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  4. I've been spreading mirth for years.

    But that's when I thought it was just an STD.

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  5. I'm not sure I can handle all the mirth and glee your past entries have to offer. I will jump in my time machine this weekend and take a look-see though.. I know there's some funny stuff

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  6. I got mirth from moooog's ex girlfriend.

    Nice.

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  7. This whole site is bulging with mirth. Explosion is close at hand. But don't run away. Stay. Relax. Enjoy Me-Me's amusing posts and fill thy heart with much gladness.... and mirth.

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  8. If you spread the Mirth..can you get a STD?

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  9. @ ettarose - Why, thank you. I aim to please

    @ Walt - Funny. Thanks for spreading your mirth over me.

    @ SuZen - Thanks so much for the recommendation, I'll definitely check that out. Happy Mirth Day!

    @ Moooooog35 - I thought there was something familiar about you.....ahem.

    @ dizzblnd - Time Machine? I wanna ride! See ya this weekend, hope you don't mind dropping me off in 1972.

    @ Mike - Well.....I may have gotten mirth from moooooog.

    @ Kelly - Thanks, Kelly. Of course, most everything here I stole from you! You're such a good sport.

    @ The Hussy - Ask moooooog, he's the mirth spreadin' authority.

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