The current gloom is no more realistic than late 1990s euphoria and will fade with the turn of the business cycle.
To add to the gloom, several high-profile Ebola cases have occurred in health-care workers treating patients with the disease.
A fresh quandary has settled over inauguration festivities: How does one balance glee and gloom?
c.1300 as a verb, "to look sullen or displeased," perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Norwegian dialectal glome "to stare somberly"). Not considered to be related to Old English glom "twilight," but perhaps to Middle Low German glum "turbid," Dutch gluren "to leer." The noun is 1590s in Scottish, "sullen look," from the verb. Sense of "darkness, obscurity" is first recorded 1629 in Milton's poetry; that of "melancholy" is 1744 (gloomy in this sense is attested from 1580s).