Today's word of the day is blithesome, B-L-I-T-H-E-S-O-M-E. Blithesome is an adjective that means cheerful and happy. A combination of the Old English word blithe that simply means happy and the suffix 'some' that indicates 'a tendency toward' -- as in wholesome, awesome or bothersome -- gets us to blithesome, a word that, given its Old English origin, usually sounds best when used in an old world context. The fair maiden remained blithesome all evening. But her mood soon shifted when she learned of her father's cruel fate. Blithesome is spelled B-L-I-T-H-E-S-O-M-E.