June 25, 2012
mope (verb)
\MOHP\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to be in a dull and gloomy state2 : to move slowly and aimlessly : dawdle
How do you use it?
"I might have found this place all by myself, Roy thought, if I hadn't spent so much time moping around being homesick for Montana." (Carl Hiaasen, Hoot)
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these statements about "mope" do you think is true?

No need to mope if you didn't pick the right answer, answer C. "Mope" comes from a Middle English word "mop," which meant "fool" or "simpleton." This use of "mop" can be found in the early 1300s, and followed soon thereafter. The earliest known use of verb "mope" goes back to the mid-1500s. Shakespeare didn't coin it, but he did use it in several of his plays including Henry V, in which a character makes this assessment: "What a wretched and peevish fellow is this King of England, to mope with his fat-brain'd followers so far out of his knowledge!" "Mope" is most frequently used as a verb, but can be used as a noun to mean someone who mopes. It is not used as an adjective, but it did give rise to the adjective "mopey."
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