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Jan 05 2020 21

Doldrums is a noun that refers to a slump or a state of stagnation.

The exact etymology of our word of the day is unknown, but we know it was first used as a nautical term to describe periods of time without strong winds — which was a problem for sailing vessels.

Today, the word is used in a similar way to describe periods of stagnation or the absence of inspiration.

Without any inspiration, Stacy has been in the doldrums for a while. That’s why she hasn’t painted a masterpiece in a while.