Are you in high dudgeon?

midsomer-murders-tv-show-poster1Everyone has a secret passion, and one of mine is old British TV shows. Lately I’ve revisited “Midsomer Murders” and of course have heard some lovely old words that I’d like to share with you.

Recently I heard one character referring to another as being “in high dudgeon” and just had to know what that meant!




Being “in high dudgeon” means harboring a feeling of resentment, or anger. Used in a sentence you might hear someone remark, “He left in high dudgeon.” The word has been around since 1565, but its origins are uncertain. Two synonyms for dudgeon are: indignation or pique.




Coincidentally, one of the stars of the series is named Neil Dudgeon! Mr. Dudgeon was born in January 1961 in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. He is an actor, known for: Son of Rambow (2007), Midsomer Murders (1997) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004).





2 thoughts on “Are you in high dudgeon?

  1. Diane, I too had a secret passion and watching old Hollywood movies. I just adore films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Cat on a hot tin roof, Indiscreet etc and lots more. But, I too enjoyed watching Midsomer murders and would hardly miss any episode. Neil Dudgeon was just great. Thanks for sharing the word ‘Dudgeon’ with us. Have a good day.



    1. Sangeetha, I also adore movies with Audrey Hepburn, and loved the movie “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” with Elizabeth Taylor. Any time you’d like to add a new word or favorite word to the thread, please do so! Speaking of Midsomer Murders, I missed John Nettles, who was the first inspector Barnaby, and after 14 years of starring in the lead role, he decided to return to his first love, the theater. As always, it’s been nice chatting with you.


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