Tuesday, August 2, 2011

languish



languish [ˈlæŋgwɪʃ] v. i.

1.) Of living beings (also of plants or vegetation): to grow weak, faint, or feeble: to lose health, have one's vitality impaired; to continue in a state of feebleness and suffering. To live under conditions which lower the vitality or depress the spirits. In early use, often: to be sick (construed with of).
2.) Of appetites or activities: to grow slack, lose vigour or intensity. Of light, colour, sound, etc.: to become faint. Of health: to fall off
3.) To droop in spirits; to pine with love, grief, or the like. To waste away with desire or longing for, to pine for. Also construed with infinitive. To assume a languid look or expression, as an indication of sorrowful or tender emotion. Also quasi-trans.
4.) quasi-trans. (usually with out): To pass (a period of time) in languishing (O.E.D. 2nd Ed.).

Etymology: Middle English languishen, from Old French languir, languiss, from Latin languere, to be languid.

"Well, Jon, as a journalist I have to maintain my objectivity, but I would say the feeling down here was one of a pervasive and a palpable evil, a thick demonic stench that rolls over you and clings like hot black tar, a nightmare from which you cannot awaken, a nameless fear that lives in the dark spaces beyond your peripheral vision and drives you towards inhuman cruelties and unspeakable perversions; the delegates' bloated pustulant bodies twisting from one obscene form to another: giant spider-shapes and ravenous wolf-headed creatures who feast on the flesh of the innocent and suck the marrow from the bones of the poor, and all of them driven like goats to the slaughter by their infernal masters on the podium, known by many names: Beelzebub, Baʿal Zebul, Mammon, Abaddon, Theritus (sic.), Asmodeus, Satan, Lucifer, Nick, Old Scratch, The Ancient Enemy, and He Who Must Not Be Named. This is Hell, Jon, where the damned languish forever in a black flame that gives no heat, sheds no light, yet consumes the flesh forever and will not go out. Jon?" (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin (head writer), August 4th 2000).

("Illustration for Paradise Lost by John Milton", Gustave Doré, 1866)

19 comments:

Jennifer Fabulous said...

FINALLY. A word I not only know but use. Frequently.

Yay! I feel like I won something. But I didn't win anything. Except smugness. Because I own this word.

Jammer said...

I refuse to languish.

*^_^* said...

Wonderful! Keep it coming!

Chris Hashemi said...

Ha ha, I was just going to post what Jennifer basically said.

D4 said...

I'm with Jen. I felt all accomplished when I read this.

JayJay said...

I agree with Jennifer - I have been known to slip this word into a sentence every now and then.

Inverse said...

...and now I realize I have been using this word in a way it wasn't meant to be used :|

T Papar said...

i languish on my room, thinking of her and finding companionship in my pc :(

dwizzt said...

ohhh.. i feel so languished. with everything.

jos xx said...

re your comment: what do you mean by "a proper shout out?!" - why do you talk so difficult lol!
by "hundreds" i meant - alot.

jos xx

Drake Sigar said...

Ah I use this word once in a while as well.

Mai Yang said...

I used this once :D

ivy's closet said...

Sounds like our economy.

Diego Sousa said...

really interesting, i had no idea about the origin of this word

Kristin H said...

I will say like Jammer "I refuse to Languish"

nowaysj said...

The choice of this word suggests the author of this blog chose to languish a bit on this Wednesday. :) Just playin.

Shaw said...

I languish quite a bit due to this stupid cold.

A Beer for the Shower said...

This is probably one of my five most frequent states of being. As a so-called writer, I feel I'm just doing my duty.

Henry said...

You can't spell languish without anguish. Jus' sayin.

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