I'm getting ready for an upcoming interview with Kathleen Norris about her new book. Wouldn't you know it? Right off the bat, words I don't understand.
Kathleen Norris is described as "a poet, a memoirist and oblate who has written the new book ACEDIA AND ME: MARRIAGE, MONKS AND A WRITER'S LIFE".
Crap, in one sentence I had work to do.
OBLATE: a layman living in a monastery under a modified rule and without vows
ACEDIA: spiritual torpor and apathy; ennui
TORPOR: The dormant, inactive state of a hibernating or estivating animal
ENNUI: Listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; boredom
ESTIVATING: Passing the summer in a dormant or torpid state
I'm working on a way to fit these into my everyday conversation.... something like "Did you hear the one about the estivating oblate who walks into a bar? He was torpid and filled with ennui!"
I'm still working on it.