Obscure word doodle #4

It’s time for an obscure word doodle!

Who knew there was a word that means “people who never laugh”? I did not. Maybe that’s because I’ve never actually met anyone who doesn’t laugh.

I think that’s a good thing.


Curious how to say it? So was I.

If you happen to know any agelasts, I’d love to hear about them. Have you given up trying to break them, or do you tell jokes relentlessly in their presence?

Also, I need some red cowboy boots.



  1. Lance on September 19, 2013 at 8:23 am

    As I’ve written at my place, I struggle daily with bi-polar disorder and take mood stabilizers as a result. My wife and sometimes my kids worry aboutme because I will go through “down” times where I don’t smile or laugh for days at a time. I wonder if they think I’m an ah juh last?

    good post

    • j on September 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you, Lance.

      That would be a little scary, I think, to stand on the outside of. At least it’s only temporary when it happens to you – a tiny consolation. Big hugs to your and your family.

  2. Cynthia Fassett on September 19, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Oh, j. I simply love you. I can’t help it. And I love this post. Thank you.

    My mother became an agelast, which is sad, because I have memories of her glorious smile and still hear the echoes of her laughter. I tried and tried to evoke that which was lost, but she refused, so, I had to give up. It was vanity, only vanity. She stopped smiling and laughing when her teeth went bad, and because of her blood pressure, dentists wouldn’t risk fixing them. Slowly, achingly, I witnessed her close off her warm smile, and as she did so, her attitude followed suit. 🙁

    I agree! Red cowboy boots are the way to go! Cowgirl Up in RED.

    • j on September 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      You know, I’ve read about (and loved) the fact that smiling, even if we have to force it, changes the chemistry in our brain. We can actually trick ourselves into a better mood. I never thought about how the opposite must also be true. If you shut down your smile for whatever reason, you actually make yourself sadder.

      This, “Slowly, achingly, I witnessed her close off her warm smile,” breaks my heart. What a terrible thing to witness. And go through, I suppose. It’s hard to even imagine. I do take some pride in my well etched laugh lines. 😉

      I know you’re a badass cowgirl, are any of your boots red?

      • Cynthia Fassett on September 20, 2013 at 6:24 am

        I have no red boots :(. In fact, I am in need of a new pair of boots. Although they’re too pricey for me at the moment, I’m eyeballing those boots fictional100 linked. Those are some great looking ***t kickers! (However, I don’t think I’d be mucking out stalls, ever, in those perty things).

  3. terrepruitt on September 19, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Oh what beautiful doodles you do. And thanks for the link to the pronunciation! It “pronounces” when the cursor is on it so you can make it a DJ “tune” “a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-aagagagagagagageagagagagegagagagagegagagageagelast!” Fun stuff.

    • terrepruitt on September 19, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Oh, and actually I knew there was a word for that, but I always thought it was DEAD! (As in he who never laughs is dead.)

    • j on September 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      I can’t get it to do that! Maybe it’s a mobile thing? (I’m a little disappointed!)

      • j on September 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm

        p.s. “dead” made me laugh out loud. 🙂

      • terrepruitt on September 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm

        So are you on mobile? Or thinking I am?

        • j on September 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm

          I assume everyone is BUT me. On my PC, I couldn’t make it to DJ style.

          • terrepruitt on September 20, 2013 at 12:33 am

            Oh. I am on my tower and when I put my cursor over the word he starts to pronounce it and I interrupt him when I move it so I can make him do it like a DJ messing with a record. It is very funny. (to me!) Oh, I am definitely not an agelast. Which by the way I still don’t know how to pronounce because I played with it too much! Ha!

            Oh, I just love rainbow colored hair!

  4. fictional100 on September 19, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Wonderful word and even better picture by you, J! And these may not be a bargain (too pricey for me), but I wanted you to see this picture: http://www.onlineshoes.com/womens-spring-step-cheyenne-red-p_id242816

    • fictional100 on September 19, 2013 at 10:31 am

      Just for fun 🙂

      • j on September 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm

        They’re not cheap, but they are awesome! I seriously think my boys wouldn’t know what to do if I started wearing cowboy boots (though they’d understand red ones better than any other kind). I’m such a Converse and flip-flops kind of girl.

        That said, I think I might strut a little if I had red cowboy boots… and I’ve always wanted to strut well.

  5. Alarna Rose Gray on September 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Well, you taught me a new word! What about people who laugh silently…tears rolling down their face. Does that count? 😉

    • j on September 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      That’s definitely NOT an agelast. I’d love if I made someone laugh until tears rolled down their face. No sound required!

  6. Nina Badzin on September 19, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Oh my gosh–I often refer to myself as a dancing monkey . . . always trying to get the frowner to participate or smile. It’s exhausting. I should turn in my monkey card.

    • j on September 19, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Made me laugh just to picture you all Lucille-Ballish, trying to elicit laughs from a frowner. Clearly I am not an agelast!

  7. Nina Badzin on September 19, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    And yay for a new word!

  8. Pam on September 20, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I did not know there was such a word!

    Love the illustration.

    I have no agelasts in my life. I once had a boss who frequently responded to jokes with a deadpan “that’s funny.” (He was a boob.)

    • j on September 20, 2013 at 9:28 am

      I always feel a little accomplished when YOU haven’t heard the word, my wordsmithy friend.

      Picturing the deadpan response, “That’s funny” made me laugh. I could never aspire to agelastism. (I don’t know if that’s a word, but it should be.)

  9. juliafehrenbacher on September 20, 2013 at 9:55 am

    J, you have a way of making me smile when I most need it. This word doodle rocks & makes me feel lighter, less serious about it all – now that’s a serious gift (and that’s just one of your many).

    Thank you for making my world a happier place.

    • j on September 25, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Aw, thank you, Julia. <3

  10. Estrella Azul on October 6, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Aww, that is so cute! The Chef can be a real agelast when getting his photo taken so I try to remind him we’re not at a funeral, but I don’t know any England-type ones 😉

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