Word Nerd 2.6 – ennui

In the Book: The October Country, by Ray Bradbury, page 63, from the short story “The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse

In Context: “Mr. Garvey’s subconscious told him in utmost secrecy that he was the opener of a theatrical season, his success dependent upon the staying power of the ennui he inspired in others. Enjoying himself, he nevertheless guessed why these lemmings thronged to his private sea. Underneath, Garvey was a surprisingly brilliant man, but his unimaginative parents had crushed him in the Terribly Strange Bed of their environment.”

In Their Words:

en·​nui | \ ˌän-ˈwē

 a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction BOREDOM

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ennui

In My Words: a pretentious word for boredom

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