Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dickens and l'ennui

Haven't learned something new yet today?

Here's another chance.
Boredom is an emotional state experienced during periods lacking activity or when individuals are uninterested in their surroundings. The first recorded use of the word boredom is in the novel Bleak House by Charles Dickens, written in 1852,[1] in which it appears six times, although the expression to be a bore had been used in the sense of "to be tiresome or dull" since 1768.[2]
I wonder who was bored. My vote's on Richard.

(And this is important research for my term paper in Subjects of Revolt. Not just random Wikipedia gleanings from the lunch hour. At least, not yet . . .)


No. 4 said...

Wouldn't it be Lady what's-her-face?

Emily said...