Word of the Week: Lethargic

Lethargic: having a lack of energy and feeling weak; lazy or drowsy. It comes from the Greek word ληθαργικός (lethargikos), which means ‘drowsy’, and was first used in the 1590s.  Example Comic on a Sluggish Day: How To Say ‘Lethargic’ In Different Languages: Italian Letargico (pronounced leh-tar-gee-co) Korean 무기력 한 (pronounced mugilyeog han; also meansContinue reading “Word of the Week: Lethargic”

Word of the Week: Solitude

Solitude: being alone, usually by choice. It comes from solitudinem, a Latin word which means ‘loneliness’, but solitude often has a positive connotation. The word first became popular in the 17th century.  Example Comic on a Quiet Lunch: How To Say ‘Solitude’ in Different Languages: Swahili Upweke (pronounced oop-weh-kay) Morse Code … — .-.. ..Continue reading “Word of the Week: Solitude”

Word of the Week: Ephemeral

Ephemeral: fleeting; something that lasts for only a brief moment. It comes from the Greek word ephēmeros, which means “lasting a day.” The word was initially only used for organisms with short lifespans or short-term diseases.   Example Comic on a One-Day Flower: How To Say ‘Ephemeral’ in Different Languages: French Éphémère Italian Effimero Swedish EfemärContinue reading “Word of the Week: Ephemeral”

Word of the Week: Gregarious

Gregarious: sociable and outgoing; to love being with people. It comes from the Latin noun grex, meaning “herd/flock”, and was mainly used to describe animals in the 17th century. By the 18th century, gregarious was also used to describe sociable people. Example Comic Set at a Birthday Party: How To Say “Gregarious” in Different Languages:Continue reading “Word of the Week: Gregarious”

Word of the Week: Serendipity

Serendipity: finding something pleasant without actively searching for it; unexpected and lucky discoveries. The word was coined in 1754 and came from The Three Princes of Serendip, the title of a fairytale in which the princes experienced many chance events.  It is an untranslatable word because there is no exact equivalent word in most otherContinue reading “Word of the Week: Serendipity”

Word of the Week: Ebullient

Ebullient: to be cheerful and energetic; bubbling over with excitement. The word comes from the Latin ebullire, which means “to bubble out.” Example Comic on a Contest Win: How To Say ‘Ebullient’ in Different Languages: Japanese 幸せな (pronounced shiawasena) Spanish Vivaz (lively) French Ebullient (the ‘t’ is silent) Filipino Nagniningning sa saya Russian кипучая (pronouncedContinue reading “Word of the Week: Ebullient”

Word of the Week: Catharsis

Catharsis: the purging and purification of strong, usually negative emotions, often through art or music. Comes from the Greek word κάθαρσις (katharsis), which means ‘cleansing’. Example Comic on a Friend’s Betrayal: How To Say ‘Catharsis’ in Different Languages: French Catharsis German Katharsis (pronounced katar-sis) Spanish Catarsis Chinese (Simplified) 导泻 (pronounced dǎoxiè) Arabic التنفيس (pronounced altanfis)Continue reading “Word of the Week: Catharsis”