"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Agelast and Hypergelast

An agelast is a person who doesn’t laugh; a mirthless person.  The word is still extant but is rarely used.   

The antonym is hypergelast - someone who laughs excessively.


  1. That's Viktor, isn't it? (Or Victor?) From "One Foot in the Grave", right? I really must watch my DVD set of the series again!

  2. It is, Meike. To me he typifies the arch-agelast! I love his dry, sardonic view of life.