The English Language Top 11 Saddest Words or Phrases

Really sad and depressing words or phrases
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There are many beautiful and blissful words in the English language that can make people laugh and smile. At the same time, there are also some really sad and unhappy words of phrases which do the total opposite.

These are the English language top 11 saddest words or phrases you will not want to read,  hear or ever feel. That’s because these words or phrases will end up making you feel unhappy or may cause you grief. But the only thing we can all do is try and prepare for them for when the time comes. What phrase or words make you the saddest?



Goodbye –


Adios, adieu, sayonara or cheerio. No matter what language you say it in, goodbye is a word most of us never want to hear someone say to us. The problem with goodbye is what it can mean. It can in some cases refer to finality or the end when breaking up. But the worst thing about a goodbye is that you never know when you say it – if it will be the last time you say it to that person.


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It Might Have Been –


There is a poem titled “Maud Muller” which contains the sad and hurtful phrase “It might have been.” The poem was written by John Greenleaf Whittier and it reads “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: It might have been!” The author understood that in life, there is nothing more depressing and bittersweet, than lamenting what could have been.


Time For Bed –


For children all over the world, no words can be sadder than when their parents tell them “Time for bed.” Kids love to stay up and do what children do which is play and have fun. But when the time comes to end all of that – bed time – the tears soon follow.


Lonely –


Loneliness is the one of the most distressing and depressing emotions and feelings a person can have. Being alone of feeling lonely means that there is no one there for you or with you. The famous hit song “Only the lonely” said it best with the lyrics “Only the lonely know the way I feel tonight.”


Terminal –


Although this word has several meanings, we are referring to the medical context of the word. When it applies to a disease or a person’s health, being terminal means death will soon follow. And there is nothing more sadder than death.


Heartbroken –


The dictionary defines someone being heartbroken as a person “Crushed with sorrow or grief.” Only those that have been heartbroken in the past can truly relate to how powerful this word really  is. And the emotions which make them so. When the time comes for you to be heartbroken, you will know it right away. Sadly enough, this word triumphs during Valentine’s day.


Regrets –


The word regrets literally means to “Feel sorrow or remorse for…..” Whether it is something you did in the past, disappointment or pondering about a loss, regrets can hit you at your heart. We all have regrets in life. However, some regrets hurt a lot more than others do though.


Back To School –


The universal phrase every kid in the world hates is back to school. When these words rear their ugly head, it means vacation time is over for children. Most kids will tell you that going back to school means giving up tons of things they were doing just a few days before. Ironically, for many parents, having their kids go back to school brings them joy.


Melancholy –


People feeling melancholy are usually in a depressed or gloomy state of mind. What’s really interesting about being or feeling melancholy is that some typically have no obvious cause for it. There are lots of pensive and sad thoughts which do accompany this emotion though.


Party’s Over –


If you’re having an awesome time in a club, gathering or life in general, the last words you want to hear are ‘Party’s over.” That’s because they absolutely mean that the fun must end. There are even songs which use these words to signify the end of a relationship. Kids, teens and adults alike never want the party to be over.


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Love –


While love can be beautiful for many people, ultimately, it is one of the most saddest emotions and feelings in the world. Being in love is great, but only if the other person you love loves you back. If not, then love can hurt and cut the deepest part of your heart and core. Some say that it is better to love than to never have loved at all. However, that all depends on the person you ask and when.