24 November 2010

Word of the Week

[n] mental weariness from lack of occupation or interest.
The feeling of being bored by something tedious.
Listlessness, tedium, lassitude, languor.

Ennui circa 1914 Walter Richard Sickert
Elliot: What do you mean dinner's not ready yet?
Louisa: Sigh


  1. Ooh, I see a little trend for French words, perhaps? I like this one. Oh, and you've got me with lassitude as well. J x

  2. I didn't know there was a special word for it! I thought it was just called 'blah'! xxx

  3. That's the word! Ennui - I have a dose of ennui! Sounds so lovely and ethereal :) Probably apt for this end of the year.

    Love the Word of the Week :) and this blog!


  4. oh! Felicity...I so had this today as I was scrubbing the mould off of the bathroom roof - so mundane and boring and exhausting! love it - thanks so much, now I have a good feeling about what I did today - you are a wonderful gift :)

  5. I had no idea there was a word for this!!! I love it! I'm going to have to add this to my vocabulary and share it with my sister-chicks! Makes it sound so much more posh than the "blahs"!

  6. I was pleasantly surprised to see a French word.

    ~ ENNUIS ~
    The quality or state of being wearisome; irksomeness; tediousness... or in isolation, for example: suffering from "cabin fever".

    (monotony, dullness, sameness)

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