Opposite Word for Nightmare

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

So I've come to realize there is no real opposite word for "nightmare".

The term "dream" is the umbrella for all mental fantasies, and "daydream" and "nightmare" have flawed definitions. Daydreams are when you are awake and fantasize, nightmares are when you're asleep and have a bad dream. There's no term for when you're asleep but have a good dream, nor is there a term for when you're awake and fantasizing about something bad.

If you think about it, it shouldn't be a matter of daydream, nightdream, daymare, and nightmare. That would be repetitive and make little sense. However, there should be something that splits things in twain for day/night as well as another for bad/good. If you chose to use "dream" as good, "mare" as bad, "day" as awake and "night" as asleep, then both day and night dreams would be good and both day and night mares would be bad. Except, that won't happen, so we'll have to continue saying "good dream", "nightmare", and then long-winded stories about how your daydreaming fantasies were good or bad. Very inefficient.



This site is dead and has been for a long while, for multiple reasons—not the least of which is that it's of a different era (roughly 2007). You can no longer safely play around with discussing gray areas with a humorous twist. People don't read between the lines. If they want to be offended, they'll twist what you said to mean whatever they want, and you're guilty no matter what. Or, on the flip-side, instead of being too sensitive, they'll think you're somehow defending their awfully bigoted or shameful viewpoints, even if you aren't. Both extreme sides of everything are so black/white dumb that it's an impossible minefield to navigate. If anything on here doesn't age well, sorry; times have changed, and so do people, for better or worse. Get over it. (It being "everything") There is always more important shit out there going on. Out on limbs.



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