USAGE: Words for "boredom"
|From:||Clint Jackson Baker <litrex1@...>|
|Date:||Monday, June 17, 2002, 11:41|
I read that no pre-industrial culture has a word for
boredom. (I even used that as a point in my paper on
Kierkegaard. There is a scene in "The Seducer's
Diary" in which I believe Kierkegaard is alluding to
the idea that the concept of boredom is something that
could only be born in an industrial culture.)
--- Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...> wrote:
> > Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 06:49:34 -0400
> > From: John Cowan <jcowan@...>
> > Christopher B Wright scripsit:
> > > ennui*.
> > >
> > > *I don't actually know what this word means.
> > "Boredom". How it caught on in (some kinds of)
> English, when there is
> > a perfectly good native word with a transparent
> etymology, is quite
> > beyond me.
> Ennui is the word used by people who know more
> French than is good for
> them, and who feel that they're too good for
> Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep)
> <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked)
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