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A.Word.A.Day--mulligrubs

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This week's theme: a medley of words.

mulligrubs (MUL-i-grubz) noun

1. Grumpiness; colic; low spirits.

2. An ill-tempered person.

[From mulliegrums, apparently from megrims (low spirits).]

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"I got the dismals. Not exactly the dumps or mulligrubs, more like moody and uncertain, as when you don't know what's going to happen next." Fred Schmidt; Middle East Thing Puts Chill on Festivities; San Antonio Express-News (Texas); Dec 30, 1990.

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