Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch
cbertsch

What's a Whelm?

This is the sort of question that pops into my head when I'm feeling frayed around the edges. It turns out that "to whelm" means to turn something, such as a dish, upside down in order to cover it. So I guess the question of whether something is "overwhelming" or "underwhelming" turns on the amount of coverage a particular whelming provides. As the Valley Girls might have said in an alternate universe, "Well, whelm me with a Tupperware. . . and be sure to pick the right number."
Tags: autobiography, etymology, humor
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