Wednesday, March 7, 2007


This is a dull word. Unlike sagacious which had the extra “wise” in the definition which wasn’t part of the original etymology, indefatigable means exactly what it’s Latin origins indicate—not tired out or weary. Now, the pronounciation is a little odd, with the stress moved back a syllable, but this forum is not about how we say the words; just how we use them. So, the only fun to be made here is how to abuse the word. Well, clearly, fatigue has to relate to living beings, and by extension, the activities of living beings which, thereby, could suffer from fatigue. So, there is the indefatigable 1950’s housewife, and the indefatigable advocacy of the confessed murderer, and possibly the indefatigable mewing of my cat after I’ve been away for too long. How about an indefatigable cramming session for the bar exam? Well, that may be a lie, but that’s a separate issue. Or the indefatigable computer? Does that work only because of the inference of artificial intelligence? Or indefatigable cold and flu symptoms, not because they don’t make you tired but because they never stop making you feel miserable. That might be a stretch, but it has humor value, which if you actually felt that bad, might lighten the mood. So, while the word’s origins are uninspiring, the word does have its uses. If I weren’t so in-indefatigable lately, I might have cause to start using it more.

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