Today’s Word: lonely

February 25, 2017 =========

☆  lonely  寂しい


I’m sure you’ve heard of the word lonely before, but what about “lonesome”? If you like music, you may know the song, “Are you lonesome tonight?” sung by a few different artists, but for me the most famous one is Elvis Presley. I was wondering if there was a difference between “lonely” and “lonesome”. What do you think?

Interestingly, my dictionary says purely that “lonely” is used more in British English, and “lonesome” is used mostly in American English. However, online grammar pages say that someone who is “lonesome” has hope that they will find company, however, a “lonely” person does not have this hope because they feel people do not understand them and they have no one to talk to. So, in this case, I guess it is better to feel lonesome than lonely!