12 February 2009

Another One for the List^ ; or 'You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.'




enervate


'Can I have the origin of the word, please?'
'From the Latin ēnervātus'

'Can I have the word in a sentence, please?'
'The editor was so enervated by the number of manuscripts that needed immediate attention that she lay on the floor for half an hour.'

'Can I have the meaning of the word, please?'
*Editor points to herself then collapses into a chair with her arms dangling to the floor and a vacant expression on her face*


^This list (second half)

1 comment:

thaliak said...

I hope I'm not shaming myself too much to admit that I had no idea what 'enervate' meant before this blog... and then, would you believe it, just two days after reading it here, I find it in the young Mr Nam Le's 'The Boat': 'Sarah stayed and listened to the rain. She felt crushed, completely enervated.'

I won't forget it now...