doldrums

What it means: a state of inactivity or stagnation; a dull, listless mood

This word comes from the region called “the doldrums,” also known as the equatorial calms, an area of light and changeable winds around the equator. This low-pressure zone can be found in parts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. The low pressure is created as air rises, due to the heat at the equator, and then descends again as it hits the horse latitudes. The area affects the trades winds, and its instability can give rise to squalls and hurricanes.

Why I chose it: After using this descriptive word many times, I still appreciate its imagery and metaphor. Who hasn’t felt the ennui of drifting immobility and the tempestuous rage it sometimes can produce? Languorous and creative, all at once!

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