Are you bonhomous?

My nephew recently e-mailed me and used the word ‘bonhomous’ in his message.  I thought that was a fabulous word and decided I needed to write about it here!

Bonhomous (bon-uhmuss) is an adjective that means frank and simple good-heartedness; a good-natured manner; friendliness. (Bonhomous is the adjective form of the noun bonhomie.  Bonhomie comes from the French ‘bonhomme’ which means good-natured man.)

You probably know people whose general personality is good natured, cheerful, and pleasant.  Those types of people are nice to be around and to associate with.  I know a person who is very negative in everything she says and does.  I feel sorry for her.  She seems to be so unhappy.  But, I digress.  Back to bonhomous.

If a clerk in a store or a waitress in a restaurant is cheerful and friendly, you could say they were bonhomous.  I taught a technology class yesterday and every person sat at their computer like the proverbial bump on a log.  None of them were bonhomous.  They didn’t smile.  They hardly even looked at me.  Must have been too early in the morning for them.

Dr. Seus’ Grinch is . . . is . . . well . . .  a grinch.  Definitely not bonhomous!

There are some drivers on the public transportation buses that I ride that are bonhomous — they greet the passengers with a smile and a cheerful ‘Good morning’ or ‘good afternoon.’

Most of the times, we can choose what attitude we have.  Give me bonhomous over being a grinch any ol’ day!

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