Wednesday’s Word (#18)

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Happy Wednesday! It’s time for another installment of Wednesday’s Word, where I share a word that’s fun to say (and add to your vocabulary if it isn’t already).

This week’s word is…


Ennui

/änˈwē/

(n.) A feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement (as defined by the Oxford American-English Dictionary).


The first time I’d ever seen this word (to my knowledge) was when I read The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer…last year. There’s not much use for it in a lot of crime novels or murder mysteries, I suppose. I didn’t like the book much as a whole but ‘ennui’ stuck with me. Good things happen when you expand your horizons!

Looking at the word, it strikes me as something that would come from the Japanese language. [This is not because all Japanese words end in ‘i’–though many do–but visually ‘ennui’ reminds me a lot of the Japanese words ‘issei‘ or ‘nisei‘.] However, it actually originated in France and has the Latin root (mihi in odio est: ‘it is hateful to me’) that spawned the English word annoy!

If you find yourself feeling listless or dissatisfied, which I hope isn’t the case, choose ennui to describe it. At the very least you might feel a bit more intellectual!

Happy Wednesday and thanks for reading!

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