When breaking a fast becomes insipid

“It was so peachy meeting you,” she gushed, giggling like the schoolgirl she tried to portray in her latest film, instead of the thirty-something woman she really was.

Lord Darrow thought scathingly, “How jejune. I wonder if all actresses are that idiotic.”

I don’t remember where I came across this word, but I find it delightful and had to share it with you. The Merriam-Webster definition of jejune is:

  1. lacking nutritive value <jejune diets>

  2. devoid of significance or interest :  dull <jejune lectures>

  3. juvenile, puerile <jejune reflections on life and art>

However, it seems that over the years, the primary meaning has been lost and it is more often used in the latter manner.  (For an interesting discussion of this progression in meaning, check out World Wide Words.)  Since the original Latin was jejunus or  ‘fasting, barren,’ the change in meaning has gotten some scholars into an uproar, as do most changes in word usage that occur over time.

That notwithstanding, some common synonyms are:  insipid; naive; puerile; barren.  Can you come up with some others?  Share them in the comments below!

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