I subscribe to Merriam-Webster’s word of the day, and the word for Sunday was ‘whelmed.’
I immediately thought of Ten Things I Hate About You, which is one of my favorite movies.
(It’s based on The Taming of the Shrew, only a little less hateful towards women as the original Shakespeare. And set in high school, dealing with dating instead of marriage.)
Bianca is the younger sister, pretty and popular. Kat’s the older sister, who hates nearly everyone, and refuses to date–so their father makes it a condition that Bianca can’t date unless Kat does. Bianca is shallow, and the movie makes fun of her for it, just as it points out that Kat’s rage is a bit much.
One particular scene that shows the ‘deep’ thoughts of Bianca and her friend Chastity:
Chastity: I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?
Bianca: I think you can in Europe.
But she was right. You can be whelmed!
Have you ever had a word or phrase that’s so tied to something (book, movie, t.v. show, song, etc.) in your mind that you can’t separate one from the other?