jejune
adj. dull or uninteresting
adj. lacking nutrition or substance

I would have sworn that “jejune” was a French word, pronounced “zhay zhoon,” but apparently that’s not the case. First of all, it’s generally pronounced “juh joon,” and it’s derived from the Latin ieiunus, which means “empty, dry, or barren.” Go figure.

It’s a multipurpose word: you can use it literally in the sense of nutrition, as in “Food from McDonald’s is obviously jejune,” or you can use it figuratively, as in “The book was jejune: it was neither interesting nor fulfilling.” Either works.

§1313 · August 23, 2006 · Tags: ·

1 Comment to “Wednesday’s Word: jejune”

  1. abou says:

    Love those consonantal ‘I’s.

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