Sliding in and out of COVID ‘Lassitude’

Go ahead, look it up, nobody will know. You’re going to want to use this word again. I certainly did, when I confirmed its definition after it landed in an apology email in my in-box. It’s one of those almost-onomatopoeia words. Just the sound of it signals the meaning.

The luxurious ‘lassss’ at the beginning hints at lazy-ness with tones of languish. The hard certainty of the ‘itude’ at the end rings of attitude and a powerful hold. There are some notes of ‘laissez faire’ emanating from a sense of languorousness, rather than just letting things be.

Yes! I get it!

There are many overused attempts to express this phenomenon with something newer and catchier. TikToks and Memes are proliferating like never before. They’re all very clever and amusing, and delightfully visual.

But nothing is quite as elegant as ‘lassitude’.

It quietly sneaks into the day’s unfolding, though it can retreat into dark corners after caffeine shows up. It slinks around in my attempts to get things checked off my to-do list. You think it’s finally loosened its grip on you and then it pops up after lunch when you can’t seem to move on to the next thing. It vanishes entries from my mental calendar of appointments on Zoom, phone and FaceTime, making me an embarrassing no-show, on occasion.

Yes, it’s a signature word for 2020 and me.

3 thoughts on “Sliding in and out of COVID ‘Lassitude’

  1. Rhonda J Sweeney May 28, 2020 / 9:09 pm

    Same feel as USELESSNESS…….with you on this one.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Lee May 29, 2020 / 7:38 am

      It’s a lovely word that I’ve enjoyed and used for many years—and this is a terrific post!

      Liked by 1 person

      • lynnmorstead May 29, 2020 / 2:38 pm

        You are very generous. I’m honored by a comment coming from such a discerning reader. Gratitude.

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