Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Wednesday Word: Languor
languor |ˈla ng (g)ər|noun1 the state or feeling, often pleasant, of tiredness or inertia : he remembered the languor and warm happiness of those golden afternoons.2 an oppressive stillness of the air : the afternoon was hot, quiet, and heavy with languor.DERIVATIVESlanguorous |-g(ə)rəs; ˈla ng ərəs| adjectivelanguorously |-g(ə)rəslē; ˈla ng ərəslē| adverbORIGIN Middle English : via Old French from Latin, from languere (see languish ). The original sense was[illness, disease, distress,] later [faintness, lassitude] ; current senses date from the 18th cent., when such lassitude became associated with a sometimes ratherself-indulgent romantic yearning.
This word makes me think of lazy Sunday afternoons, especially in the summer. I picture myself laying in the grass in the shade of an old tree, listening to the buzz of insects.