I’ve been pretty busy with some work so my posting schedule has suffered, but since it’s the holiday season, I figure it’s the perfect time to talk a little bit about this very useful word. 🙂

As opposed to my other choices, which usually can be rather obscure, miswant, on the other hand, is actually a very simple word and concept. The only thing I don’t understand, actually, is why it’s practically never used.

Miswant basically means wanting something for the wrong reason. It’s pretty much the sayings “be careful what you wish for,” or “there are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it,” summed up in one succinct word. 😀

Why do I not see this word being used more often? Especially around Christmas, when, everywhere I look, it’s always people getting things they don’t want/need. We’d probably all be better off if this word became part of our daily vocabulary. 😉

Want to read more about other uncommon words? 🙂 See the Interesting Words page.

Wiktionary – miswant
World Wide Words – Miswanting


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