I don’t know about you, but lately my Facebook feed is full of friends responding “meh” to a variety of posts. I can hear them saying it -- I can see their shoulders shrugging and their eyes rolling, while their lips frown downwards like grumpy-cat. Who would have thought The Simpsons could have such far-reaching influence?
So what exactly does “meh” or “m-e-h” mean?
In essence, meh is modern day slang for apathy. Apathy is a general lack of emotion, a disdain for passion and excitement, and/or indifference. Apathy is something we all experience in some capacity. It is a natural response to disappointment, dejection, and stress. Sometimes we want to feel meh. Sometimes not caring is the lesser of the evils. It gives you a reprieve from feeling those highly intense, unwanted emotions. Sometimes feeling meh is as good as being "dead in the water". Feeling meh is when you find yourself in a place lacking inspiration and passion.
Have you ever lacked inspiration or passion?
Feeling meh about a situation is 100% on the bitter scale. Meh rolls anger, sadness and fear into one giant “whatever” feeling, or should I say “meh”?
I am sure parents of teenagers have lots of experience with Meh.