New words to live by: “surlen”

It is time, once again, for a new word to live by. This is a word or phrase not currently in use in the U.S. English lexicon, but might need to be considered. Other words, such as obsurd, crumpify, subsus, flib, congressed, and others, can be found by clicking on the tags below. Today’s New Word is a compounding of word and a suffix two words. Without further waiting, surlen is the new word for this month.

OLD WORDS
surly, adj. 1. Bad-tempered, churlishly rude. 2. Unfriendly; irritable.

sullen, adv., adj. 1. Ill-humored or silently ill-humored. 2. Showing irritation. 3. Sluggish, like a stream.

NEW WORD
surlen, adj. 1. Dark look of irritability. 2. Sluggish and ill-tempered. Can be rude.

Displayed most often by children between the ages of 10 and 20, who master it when told by parents or adults to do their homework, pick up their rooms, finish their chores. If looks could kill, grave diggers would be in short supply.

Sometimes referred to as the “passive-aggressive up yours.”

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