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Tragicomic

adjective; blending and clipping
Funny yet sad as the same time. Possible reason used: To succinctly describe a situation that is both funny to outside observers, and also sad or pathetic. The example used in the source refers to a man who is 30, eccentric, overweight and still lives with his mother. The sad and pathetic part is that the man is still living with his mother even though he is well past the age of adolescence. The comic part pertains to all of the funny things that happen to the character throughout the book. It seems that the majority of context usage occurs in drama or literary genres of writing or acting.
 
At various points, John Belushi, Steven Soderburgh, Scott Rudin, and Harold Ramis have been connected to the tragicomic tale of a 30-year old overweight eccentric who still lives with his mother.
Etymology : Derivation by blending and clipping of the root tragic+ -omic from the root comic
Source : Read in ET Weekly issue #846
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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