Sunday, 21 April 2013


Weeping, Greeting, Crying, Begrutten, Sobbing, Tears, Tearful
Crying from one eye is very, very cool


Adjective. Scottish. Early 17th century.
[from BE + grutten past participle of GREET verb for weep, cry, lament, grieve]

Swollen in the face with much weeping.

Despite the fresh-faced depictions in art and movies, crying rarely makes any of us look good. The red-rimmed and swollen eyes of a begrutten face not only betray the fact that, yes, we were crying during the end of Toy Story 3 (when they all hold hands as they're slipping into the furnace - c'mon! How could you not?), but it also makes us look pretty rubbish. If the begrutten look is not for you, there are plenty of websites offering advice on how not to look begrutten. One suggestion was to apply slices of cucumber to your eyes. While it certainly sounds nice and soothing, I'm doubtful you would escape notice if you were sitting there, all cucumbered up, when the lights were turned back on at the end of the film.

Do you have any tips on how to look less begrutten? Do you carry a small sachet of sliced cucumber wherever you go, just in case? Please leave any comments below. 


  1. If you want to avoid cucumber, you can use potato slices to kick begruttiness away.

    These be- words are really fun! Have a great new week!

    1. Hmm. That doesn't really get around the problem of "OK ... I don't think Ed had potato slices on his eyes at the start of the film ... ?"

      Plus, raw potato smells horrible (they are raw slices, right? If it's slices from last night's potato gratin, that just creates a whole new batch of problems).

  2. I usually just rock the begrutten-look. But then again, I don't get out of the house much, so nobody would actually see me or my weepy face anyway.

    RYC: Nothing wrong with going to the cinema on your own. It means you get to pick the movie you want to see, no-one's stealing your popcorn, you get to pick the seat that works best for you... I've been going on walks on my own, gone to restaurants alone, but movies are my next project. It's fun doing those things with other people too, but one shouldn't need others to go out and do stuff.