Many a time, I have pondered the term: whelming. Usually with different prefixes, such as ‘over’ and ‘under’.
But can you ever just be whelmed?
Uncle Google gave me the definition of overwhelming as: To bury or drown beneath a huge mass of something. Lovely
He also gave me the definition of Underwhelming as: Fail to impress or make a positive impact on (someone). Awesome
Whilst both definitions sound rather morbid, it seems to me like there is quite a girthy gap between the two. Which leads me to wonder: If one can be overwhelmed, and one can be underwhelmed, can one just be whelmed?
Now I’m no etymologist, but surely such a concept is possible? There must be some kind of middle man between the two extremes. The other day, I was with a group of fellow ponderers and we were expending our collective cranial coalescence in the quest to debunk this enigmatical conundrum. Between ourselves we managed to come up with a theory that encompassed our ponderings.
First, a definition from Uncle Google:
The Butterfly Effect: The butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.
Now, to dumb that down a bit, I’ll give you a (potentially hypothetical) example:
Imagine you were strolling down Cuba Street in lovely Palmy Nought on August 7, 2007 at approximately 2.37pm. And for some unexplainable reason, you suddenly take three steps to the left and find yourself face-to-face with a Bolivian human of rather attractive proportion.
This small little interruption in the space-time continuum of things could have rather drastic effects on your present day situation.
Instead of reading this article, you could be sitting outside a café in the Bolivian capital of La Paz with your seven kids, chin-deep in a meal of classic Bolivian Saltenas.
If that doesn’t light your candle, I don’t know what will.
After much chinwagging, my fellow ponderers and I came to a conclusion. There is nothing quite as whelming as being a Bolivian Mum. And in such scenarios, being whelmed is entirely possible.
TL;DR: Time travel can whelm you beyond your wildest imagination.
Until Next Time,
Not Your Average Ponderer