Word for the Week: Plangent

( – promoted by buhdydharma )

Plangent:  adjective; from the Latin plangere (to strike).

Having a loud, reverberating sound; having an expressive and esp. plaintive quality;

Plangently: adverb

mournful, resonant, sorrowful, rueful, dolorous, lugubrious, tearful, careworn, grief-stricken, plunged in grief:

As in:

Dear Vice President Biden,

Really sir!  Do you actually consider us whining out here.  You must really get out of DC more – outside of an occasional visit drumming up votes – we exhort you to do so.

We are sad.  The times, they are ahurtin.  We do not believe anyone in DC is aware of how we are suffering and confused and frankly angry.  And many of us are homeless and hungry.  And the wars!  Don’t get me started.

You might say we are plangently expressing our dismay – not really whining.  These plangent concerns are real.  They are not the concerns of a tired child as you and your cohorts imply.  

By the way, the bankers took my ball so that comment is illusory and perhaps delusive.

Very truly yours,


You may want to try your hand at the word.  Just put it in a political context.  Surely, there is much to be mournful about.  


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    • Xanthe on September 28, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    They are a form of vituperation.

  1. By the way, the bankers took my ball …

    To me, this is a one-two punch from Obama and Biden — they are playing to their “new” OFA/DLC base and giving the go-ahead to purge the lefties from the party.

    Ultimately, all this is just “meta.”  Won’t change my vote this season, but it is very much affecting what I’ll do in 2012.

  2. of a narrow opening in severely challenged politicians traditionally used for bullshitting and storing bribes.

    This is really where the meaning “dirty money” comes from.

    And they love it, don’t they?  

  3. glad you’re not in DC?

    Plangent is hard to use.  And in a political context, for me, it won’t work.  I seem to be stuck on the noun, douchenozzle, as it characterizes the major politicians in Washington.  I’m sure that eventually this word’s trance will wear off.  Then I can try plangent, or tangent, or something.  

  4. our “leaders” will fade plantagenetly from the scene.

  5. because we ain’t happy with NO “change” that makes us plangent?

    I love it!  Good job!

    I’ve been trying to compose something in my mind all day as to how to respond to these absurd blandishments by Obama and Biden.  Are they really so far out that they don’t understand that they deserted their “base” way back and that, yeh, we know they need their “base” back?

    This is what I mean that we may well be in a bargaining position NOW!

    • RUKind on September 29, 2010 at 6:47 am

    to run as the Fucking Retard candidate for Chicago mayor.

    • Xanthe on September 29, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    You’ve made me reasonably content.

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