Musings A to Z Challenge: L

Challenge:  Write a short paragraph (100 words or less) daily on a topic beginning with the sequential letter of the alphabet.


Lackadaisical is such a whimsical word compared to what it actually means:  “Unenthusiastic, uninterested, and lethargic”.  I love the 18th century definition: “sentimentally woebegone”; it came from a 1748 interjection, “lackadaisy”, which meant alas/alack.  It seems to me the type of word that the fairy godmother in the 1955 Cinderella tale (The Glass Slipper, with Leslie Carron) would like to say just for the sound of it:  Window sill… Cinderella… meadowlark…  lackadaisical.  Or a word that should be included in lists such as Mary Poppins’ favourite word, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (which is reminiscent of long German words, though English has them too).



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5 responses to “Musings A to Z Challenge: L

  1. This is a terrific word – I agree with your whimsical nature of lackadaisical; always feeling it had dreamy / drifty quality about it. I disagree with the unenthusiastic actual definition!

  2. Perhaps we should reclaim the word, and give it a better meaning! 😉
    “The sun is shining, the birds are singing, what a lackadaisical day!”

  3. So much better!!!😀😃 Now we just have to tell the Oxford English Dictionary folk!

  4. Nah… if we get our new definition to go viral, they’ll have to follow suit. 😉

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