Monday, May 16, 2011

insouciant



insouciant [ɪnˈsusiənt] a.

1.) Careless, indifferent, unconcerned.

Etymology: French : in-, not (from Old French) + souciant, present participle of soucier, to trouble (from Old French, from Vulgar Latin sollicitare, to vex).

"Of all vulgar modes of escaping from the consideration of the effect of social and moral influences on the human mind, the most vulgar is that of attributing the diversities of conduct and character to inherent natural differences. What race would not be indolent and insouciant when things are so arranged, that they derive no advantage from forethought or exertion?" (Principles of Political Economy, John Stuart Mill, 1848).

41 comments:

Solsby Kid said...

I am uninsouciant when writing this comment xD

Fang said...

It sometimes boggles my mind why there are so many unused synonyms to a single word.

The Words Crafter said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog. You have a really cool and useful one here. I like it!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I wonder if that word would trip up my critique partners?

Nom de Plume said...

I will strive to be insouciant in my future endeavours!

Patti D. said...

very nice word! love it, will try and use it today.

DEZMOND said...

I wouldn't know how to pronounce it without the phonetic signs in the brackets :)

HiFi said...

Another word to add to my vocabulary! Obscure words are the best for debates against people you really want to win against!

Astronomy Pirate said...

Dang, I see someone has already beat me to the witty comments. How insouciant of me.

Liz Fichera said...

Such a cool word. I love the way it's spelled and how it sounds. And now I have a sudden urge to wear a beret.

Twenty.Something said...

This word describes my ex boyfriend. Thanks! Haha.

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Banacek said...

insouciant. whatever. :)

Lydia K said...

I love the sound of this word.

Hey, thanks for your impromptu word consultation on "fester." That was great!

Mercurio said...

such an uninsouciant word haha

Rob said...

That's an awesome word! I know too many people it relates too though lol.

Dejch said...

nice word i must say

Melanie said...

Plan to use in sentences often today.

thenitefalls said...

I'm insouciant when it comes to math >_<

JayJay said...

That word brings back memories of a rather dry History class about Politics and Economics of Britain in the 1800s.

I like the word more than the memory. :o)

shari said...

Another French-derived word! Is this French month? ;-)

I lost all my awesome comments from my glass blowing post due to Blogger's insouciant way of caring for their platform.

Alexandra said...

another great word :-D

Dave said...

I dont think ive ever been insouciant.

Lesha said...

Sounds awesome

Colin Biano said...

mehhh

M Pax said...

I'm going to try and use this one this week. :)

I liked your carrot joke.

G said...

great word

ChaCha said...

insouciant sounds like something delicious

Jesse Crows said...

ive actually heard of this one before!

Wintermute said...

i try not to be insouciant when writing my comments

daniel said...

Your blog makes me feel more stupid everyday lol

Megan said...

I totally want to work this into my conversation this week. Love it.

Come At Me Bro said...

This is great!

Team Panda said...

it would be funny to pull this word out on someone whos being careless. How could you! You're so ... SO ... INSOUCIANT!

RaShelle said...

I love saying the word: insouciant. It's fun. =D

Malkavian said...

cool, never heard of it still English isnt my native tongue.

Bart said...

I play most sports in unlikely weather. hockey in blizzards. golf in rain storms, surfing in shark infested waters while riding a tsunami. you can say im insouciant to these mortal fears.

Necroticism said...

This comment is completely insouciant.

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Endless said...

oh, look! it's french

Intraman said...

nice word! i wish i could be more insouciant these days :)

MRanthrope said...

damn, I've been saying "suuuuu" instead of "shee"

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