So for some reason, I always forget what “balmy” means. Does it mean mild, pleasant weather? Or does it mean hot, humid weather?
I don’t know why, but I can’t hold onto the definition. I have a pretty good vocabulary, I read (somewhat) often, but that word is just a black hole for me?
I just read it in someone’s Facebook post and (sigh) Yes I looked it up. Ok, good and pleasant it is.
I know, i know… typically a balm is fragrant and healing, but to me, it just doesn’t sound like it means that. “Balmy” sounds negative, probably because it sounds like “bomb-y” or maybe because it sounds like “blah-mi”.
Act it out: Picture it’s mild, clear and has a slight breeze, and say “wow, it’s so balmy out!”
Exactly, the sound of the word doesn’t go with the concept it represents. I’m glad you see things my way.
I need to talk to the people at Webster, see if we can change that definition. I think they messed up on this one.
What words do you not like?