Languorous Languidness and Vapors

Blame the heat – we’re having an early bout of simmering, liquid heat that fogs the brain and tires the limbs and makes one both languid and restless at the same time – from Latin ‘languidus’, meaning weak and faint – which is not exactly the same as languorous – from Latin for feebleness or ‘lassitude’ – another wonderful ‘l’ word in the same family of terms used by the French to describe elegantly paralyzing immobility.  Pictures of southern ladies clad n the lightest of white linens and fanning themselves slowing come to mind, as does the southern term ‘vapors’ –  developed from the medieval notion of exhalations from the stomach affecting the brain – not always heat related but often heat induced, languid collapses of white-linen decorum.  Whatever will we do when August comes?

Advertisements

About hickson1

Art historian, professor, Italian Renaissance and Baroque specialist
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s