November 15, 2011
ennui (noun)
\ahn-WEE\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction : boredom
How do you use it?
Kelly decided that the hubbub and activity that was part of every school day was better than the ennui she had felt during much of her vacation.
Are you a word wiz?

From which language do you think English borrowed the word "ennui"?

No reason for dissatisfaction if you picked answer B. "Ennui" comes from French, having derived from two words in Old French (the French spoken from the 9th to 16th centuries): "enui," meaning "annoyance," and "enuier," meaning "to vex." The French words trace even further back to Late Latin "inodiare," "to make loathsome." English borrowed "ennui" from the French in the early 1700s to refer to that unpleasant feeling of having absolutely, positively nothing to do.
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