Satiric radio commentary for the 90s from the man who drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate!!!

More Language Confusion

Stan Freberg here with more language confusion--the English language, that is. What about the word "depressed"? I'm wondering, right back. [:60 SPOT BREAK]

Freberg here. When someone is feeling down in the dumps, basically sorta sad, we say they're "depressed." But what about when they're up and feeling good? Are they now "pressed"? The opposite of "depressed"? Of course. If you're no longer "depressed," then you must be "pressed." Why don't we say to a perky person, "Well, you're very pressed today"?

A while back, I wondered if someone all grungy is "disheveled," why wouldn't the opposite be "sheveled"? Fred Astaire was very sheveled. He was also happy and never seemed depressed when he tap danced, so, wouldn't he also be "pressed"? You got that right--look at those suits!

Would that we all were as sheveled and pressed as Fred Astaire.

Stan Freberg here.

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