May 05, 2013
lackadaisical (adjective)
\lak-uh-DAY-zih-kul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: lacking spirit or enthusiasm : languid, listless
How do you use it?
Paulette's teachers knew she was bright, but she was always so lackadaisical that she rarely finished her assignments on time.
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Where do you think the word "lackadaisical" comes from?

Alas and alack if you didn't pick B as the right answer. In the late 1600s, "lackaday" was used as an expression of regret, much the same way that these days you might sigh, "Oh well." Over time people transformed "lackaday" into the adjective "lackadaisical," a word they used for the droopy, sluggish, and sometimes sorrowful attitude and manner of people who tended to often say "lackaday." By the late 1700s, "lackadaisical" was being used for anybody who generally lacked vigor or enthusiasm.
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