The Book of Human Emotions: From Ambiguphobia to Umpty - 154 Words from Around the World for How We Feel - Tiffany Watt Smith 2016
The alarm clock trills, the dawn slips in through the curtains, and we wake up overcome with misery and bad temper.
It’s not “getting out of bed on the wrong side.” It’s the much more important-sounding matutolypea (pronounced mah-tu-toh-leh-pee-a). No one seems to know quite when the word was invented, or by whom. But its meaning comes from the combination of the name of the Roman goddess of the dawn, Mater Matuta, and the Greek word for dejection, lype, to give us the dignity of “morning sorrow.”
See also: UMPTY.