The Catalog of New Emotions: Elegayic

Quentin Crisp

Elegayic (pronounced: /ˈɛl ɪ geɪyik/) adjective — possessed of a sad, sombre and dignified air

Usage:             Her every movement, from the way she seated herself to the manner in which she removed and folded her gloves, was elegayic.

Those who dared disturbed his elegayic poise instantly regretted it.

Etymology: A combination of the words elegant, gay and elegiac that came about as a misreading of the word elegiac. This emotional state is embodied by immaculately turned out old women who have buried at least one husband and old-style queens who came of age before gay rights and/or who lived through the worst of the onset of AIDS.  Their dignified demeanors conceal steely temperaments forged by having faced down every type of bully and misfortune life has thrown in their paths.

The Catalog of New Emotions is a project to refine our emotional sensibilities through the creation of new emotions and the development of a vocabulary to express these new emotions. If you would like to contribute to this project leave a comment. Your definition of the new emotion should include pronunciation; examples of usage; etymology of the word and/or why this new emotion is necessary.


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