Lackadaisical is a lack of care, spirit, zest, or involvement. Lackadaisical derives from the 17th century use of lackaday, which derives from the longer “alack the day“. In the mid-1700s the suffix –ical was added to lackaday and thus lackadaisical was formed.
Lackadaisical belongs to a lovely grouping of words that describe a lack of energy or enthusiasm; words such as languid, listless, or even insouciance. Lackadaisical brings to mind a kind of carefree lack of focus or energy, the kind of mindset one can find themselves in in the heat of Summer or during a retrograde season.
An artistic representation of how I think I look when I am feeling rather lackadaisical about doing anything, even reading…
Mercury retrograde is almost upon us again and lackadaisical felt like a perfect word to share since it’s definitely how my energies have been feeling! Sure, I’m still getting things done but in a rather slow, lethargic, somnolent, lackadaisical kind of way. How about yourself? Have you been feeling lackadaisical as of late?
Namaste ~ Ella
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