The other night I was watching the weather and the reporter said we would be experiencing “seasonably cold” weather. It has been unseasonably warm and “unseasonably” is a term I hear people use, but “seasonably”…well, you know how you sometimes hear a person described as “ruthless” but you never hear about anyone having “a lot of ruth”?
The only person I’ve ever heard say “seasonably” is me, and I only used it as a joke in this short video I made years ago. I’m pleased it’s made its way into the lexicon. I’m not going to start aggressively demanding credit for it, though. I have too much ruth for that.
My husband drank an entire bottle of Benadryl during his last man cold in one sitting. I was seasonably upset when he asked me to drive and get him more. Patent Pending
At least he asked you to drive. I can’t figure out why anyone would drink an entire bottle of Benadryl, though, unless you were an armless man with poison ivy. There are so many more appealing things to drink a whole bottle of.
You’re right, there is no reason why we shouldn’t use a word like “Seasonably.” And yet we don’t use it. And my Voice software interpreted the word as “Reasonably.” And even when I saw it in a sentence I did a double take — like, what is seasonably?
It takes a little getting used to, but it’s a very reasonable word. Although you got me thinking and I checked the Oxford English Dictionary, my normal go-to for linguistic matters. It does say “seasonably” is “in current use” and has uses dating back to 1532, so I can’t take credit for it, but the most recent use it has is from 1928. So I guess I’m reviving a trend.
Great seasonably appropriate video, Chris. How about a big mug of red Emergen-C?
That sounds like it would really hit the spot, especially if it’s warmed.