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Brigid groaned as she clicked off the TV with the remote. "Geeze, I'm so sick of all this. So much stupidity. So much corruption. You just find yourself staring at the world and wondering how you can stand to get up in the morning. I'm worn out. I can't take any more angst."

"Not angst," said Greg. "Ennui."

She rolled her head back on the couch and looked over at the table where he was working. "What?"

"A deep-seated feeling of world-weariness is ennui, not angst. Angst is despair arising from doubt and frustration, as in 'anxiety'. Angst is an emotional crisis; ennui is more of a continual state. Since you're fed up, rather than freaking out, you don't have angst. It's ennui you can't take any more of."

She closed her eyes, as if just looking at him were wearing her out. "Thanks," she said. "Mere words cannot express how grateful I am to you for clearing that up."

"On the other hand," Greg continued, "if you just felt vaguely unhappy without any discernible cause, that would be malaise."

-The Gneech

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laurie_robey
Oct. 31st, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
<MST>
Have some malaise, sucka!
</MST>
the_gneech
Oct. 31st, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
One of the great one-liners!

-TG
blacktigr
Oct. 31st, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
Love this one. Will share. :)
the_gneech
Oct. 31st, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)

-TG
exatron
Oct. 31st, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
I'll be feeling like that when I get home this evening and find 30 election-related messages on my answering machine.
mammallamadevil
Oct. 31st, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
newspaper clipping
Greg, 30th yuppie and author of some note, was found with a deep indentation in his skull in an undisclosed urban apartment today---he is expected to fully recover. Suspects include Brigid, his roommate, Yvonne, a potential paramour, and a previously unassuming vacuum cleaner salesperson who was randomly subjected to Greg's verbal repartee.

Uncle Bob (who had a semi-plausible alibi) is not concerned and isn't coming back from his cross-country tour in a mint-green '64 Pontiac Tempest...

MLD
hossblacksilver
Nov. 1st, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)
Re: newspaper clipping
No, the Llama is wrong. That hippie wasn't in a '64 Pontiac Tempest, he was in a '63 Buick Skylark.
mammallamadevil
Nov. 1st, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
Re: newspaper clipping
that's right....thanks for the save!

MLD
kylet
Oct. 31st, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
Hee hee. That's actually kinda useful to know :-)

And a little something I noticed by misreading that. So being fed up is ennui. Being f-ed up is angst?
the_gneech
Oct. 31st, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
Cody has angst; Eeyore has ennui. ;)

-TG
raemonde
Oct. 31st, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
] That's actually going to help me in... writing more strips. I was going to use 'malaise', but I suppose 'ennui' is more appropriate. I would have looked it up eventually, but now I don't have to. :)

-Rob
the_gneech
Oct. 31st, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
Pleased to be of service! :)

-TG
kinkyturtle
Nov. 1st, 2006 04:31 am (UTC)
Is there any important difference between ennui and Weltschmerz?
the_gneech
Nov. 1st, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC)
Weltschmerz is sadness brought about by wishing the world was a better place and realizing it isn't. So it's close to ennui, but doesn't carry the same feeling of "sick of it all"-ness.

-The Gneech
confusedoo
Nov. 1st, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
Thank you. This is so perfect.
the_gneech
Nov. 1st, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it!

-TG
c_eagle
Nov. 1st, 2006 10:20 am (UTC)
hmmm.. how does that differ from being 'jaded', Eeyore? :D
the_gneech
Nov. 1st, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
Somebody who's jaded feels like they've "seen it all" and so nothing impresses them any more. "Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt, saw the TV movie" is jaded.

-TG
c_eagle
Nov. 2nd, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
oh!.. George Sanders!
wowwwww.. I guess I had ennui and jaded all backwards then..! ennui-wuuuwie is the oooey gooey one :D
ski_fox
Nov. 1st, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
English majors...

^_^
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