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CHAT: "ennui" [was Re: Multilingual translation exercise, part 1]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Monday, June 17, 2002, 18:30
Quoting John Cowan <jcowan@...>:

> Christopher B Wright scripsit: > > > (Note: That was intended as a joke, not the start of a religious > > flame-war. If anyone wants to start one, I'll make a separate mailing > > list for it and participate with 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. But then the woman who had never heard of "egges", and > thought they were some French innovation, was in the same boat.
My impression of the word has always been that it implied something more like wondering what you're going to do with the rest of your life, leaving "boredom" to refer to the immediate present. ===================================================================== Thomas Wier "...koruphàs hetéras hetére:isi prosápto:n / Dept. of Linguistics mú:tho:n mè: teléein atrapòn mían..." University of Chicago "To join together diverse peaks of thought / 1010 E. 59th Street and not complete one road that has no turn" Chicago, IL 60637 Empedocles, _On Nature_, on speculative thinkers