T is for Torpor

Torpor, noun:  a state of physical or mental inactivity; lethargy.

Yep.  My pandemic go-to state.  It’s also a good word, that excites me a little and makes me less torporous.  Torporish?  Neither are actual words.  But this word play energizes me, a little, though I am lying in my torpor position, a little less slouched than sometimes, in my comfy chair.  Enjoy freshly washed hair and clean clothes.  Less torporous than usual.

I thought I was going to write about turpitude, another great word, but it turns out I didn’t know its real meaning.  I thought it was a kind of torpor.  Google says it’s simply depravity and wickedness, but if you add the adjective moral to it, it’s a legal concept.  Who knew?  Probably lots of people, but not me.  Moral turpitude is “an act or behavior that gravely violates the sentiment or accepted standard of the community.”

I imagine depraved and wicked people languidly violating norms, like Edward Gorey characters.  Turpitude just sounds so lazy.

Google word play.  It’s all I’ve got today.  Pandemic blues.


From Edward Gorey’s 1968 book The Blue Aspic

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