Jejune

I’m reading a novel I picked up in a wonderful local independent bookshop, on a weekend when all British mysteries were half off. I took a risk on an author I’d not read, and so far I’m enjoying the book (The Yellow Room Conspiracy by Peter Dickinson). Today while reading it, I ran across the word jejune. I’d heard it before, but couldn’t recall the meaning so I looked it up. If I’d been quizzed on it I’d have got it dead wrong. Jejune – it sounds light, airy, and to me calls to mind a girl on a swing on a summer’s day. I suppose it does mean light and airy in one way. The definition is: devoid of significance, dull, lacking value. That sounds all wrong to me. It’s such a pleasant word. Ah well, at least now I think I’ll remember it when I run across it again. While researching jejune, I came across words that rhyme with it, including: baboon, blue moon, cocoon, and dragoon. I may chant that to myself when I’m stuck in an over-long meeting and trying to stay awake. Your turn. Is this bon mot one you were familiar with or is it new to you? If you didn’t know its meaning, what would you think it meant?

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4 thoughts on “Jejune

  1. Glad to know the meaning! Thought it had to do with youth. Here’s an interesting word (future post?): quisling. It’s in the Elizabeth George mystery set on Guernsey. An eponym, too! What more could one want?

    • I know what you mean. Since the French word for young is jeune, I thought that too at first. And thanks to you I now have two more words to look up…quisling and eponym! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  2. I’d never heard of or seen this word before. Thanks for the definition! I am a major bookworm, so my vocabulary is fairly large; however, if I run across a word that I don’t know, I HAVE to look it up right away- I can’t stand remaining ignorant of it’s meaning. Maybe a certain amount of OCD? 😛

    • Thanks for commenting! If you ever run across a good one you’d like to share, let me know and I’ll write a post about it. I’m with you on the OCD thing. Not sure if that’s one of it’s pluses or minuses. 🙂

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