Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ennui

ennui [ɑnˈwi, ˈɑnwi; Fr. ɑ̃ˈnwi] n.

1.) The feeling of mental weariness and dissatisfaction produced by want of occupation, or by lack of interest in present surroundings or employments.
2.) A cause of ennui.

ennui v. t.

1.) To affect with ennui; to bore, weary (Oxford English Dictionary 2nd Edition).

Etymology: French, from Old French enui, from ennuyer, to annoy, bore. The Classical Latin phrase mihi in odi est, meaning "I hate or dislike," gave rise to the Vulgar Latin verb inodire, "to make odious," the source of the Old French verb ennuyer.

"Undoubtedly the very tedium and ennui which presume to have exhausted the variety and the joys of life are as old as Adam. But man's capacities have never been measured; nor are we to judge of what he can do by any precedents, so little has been tried. Whatever have been thy failures hitherto, "be not afflicted, my child, for who shall assign to thee what thou hast left undone?" (Walden, Henry David Thoreau, 1854).

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Don't know who to root for in tonight's Champion's League game. There's Judas one on hand, and Sham U on the other. Wish they could both lose.

18 comments:

Glovey said...

Great work! I love the blog style!

Endless said...

intresting!
+following

thenitefalls said...

I'll make sure to add this word to my brain :D

Patti D. said...

Nice word, I hope I never feel that way.

Meghan Moran said...

I've heard this word a lot, but was never quite sure how to use it or pronounce it for that matter.

doomsday said...

Uh... you are never too old to learn something new I guess :D

Rondariel said...

I love learning about new words. :)

clique said...

learned a new word :)

amBored said...

new for me and about your question ..no there isn't free Angry Birds yet I guess but I recommend that game

Venus said...

this is a hard word. I don´t think I´ll ever used it.

Biff Tanner said...

Learning new things everyday.

Razor said...

If there's a blizzard and the game gets suspended, both teams will tie. So in some way they'll both lose.

Team Panda said...

well its fun to say, but i dont know if i'll use it casually in a sentence soon lol.

Admin said...

Another french word.

MuteMath Fan (& news junkie too!) said...

Thanks for teaching me a new word!

vidoblogo said...

removing one word from my head and adding this one

Necroticism said...

That's a word I can use.

Annabelle said...

I love this word

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