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The Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer

May 18, 2020
Summer is a season for fun activities, but set aside some time for just chilling, maybe with a book, indoors or out. This list will give you all the words you need to master the art of doing nothing.
alfresco
Alfresco is Italian for "in the fresh air." Instead of saying "we're eating outside," you can say "we're dining alfresco this evening." It makes it sound much fancier.
Ironically, spring is the best time of the year here in Andalucia, with the orange trees in blossom, and the air warm enough for alfresco meals.
bask
Bask comes from the same Old Norse root, baða, as bathe. So basking in the sun is literally sunbathing.
Rather than basking in the sun and delighting in the reduced car traffic, the scooter industry is looking at end times.
doze
And then...then it was like dozing off in class.
hammock
A Carib Indian word, via the Spanish hamaca, a hammock might be the most sophisticated piece of relaxation technology ever devised.
Ms. Fjelstrom, 46, described it as “like an island holiday”: She spent much of her time reading in a hammock and playing a ukulele in the sea air.
indolent
Indolent is a fancy way to say "lazy."
“The indolent lassitude of almost every fashion model photographed since the beginning is the show’s through-line,” he writes.
lackadaisical
Alack is an old expression of grief or dismay, often following alas. " Alack the day" or "lack-a-day" is an obsolete way of saying "darn it" or "that sucks." Someone prone to saying it and then giving up on whatever wasn't working would then be called lackadaisical, with the implication that they'd then just go lie on a couch or something, defeated. Over time it became more about the do-nothing response than the initial exclamation.
It exists in a nebulous space between the steady dopamine rush of TikTok’s constant supply of novelty and the chill, lackadaisical time-sink of Twitch.
lassitude
Lassus is Latin for "weary."
But then it occurred to me, as I ate another astringent chip, that this lassitude, the trouble focusing, the sleep difficulties, my exhaustion: Oh yes, I thought, I remember this.
leisure
Once it’s sour enough for your taste, refrigerate it to pause the fermentation process, and consume at your leisure – it will keep for months.
loll
Lollen is Middle Dutch for "to sleep."
At a more recent Masters, I was lolling around on the veranda with Mike Lupica, a columnist for the New York Daily News.
prone
If you lie flat on your belly, you're prone. It can also mean "inclined to do something," and that's because the Latin pronus means "leaning forward" as well as "prostrate."
Heavier patients may also be more tricky to turn, or prone, in order to relieve their breathing.
sloth
A sloth is a tree-dwelling jungle animal famous for moving very slowly, and the word also describes a state of sluggishness or unwillingness to do anything. It comes from the Early Middle English slōwðe, which comes from the same root as slow.
A lot of the writing I value is, in one way or another, about the seven deadly sins, especially sloth and gluttony.
snooze
On Thursday, park ranger Richard Sowry took photographs of a pride of at least eight lions, including a few young cubs, snoozing on the tarmac just outside one of the park’s rest lodges.
supine
The opposite of prone, supine means lying on your back.
Mr. Lobner said that even in an ordinary nuclear submarine, clearances in the battery compartment are so narrow that a routine inspection often requires shimmying through in a prone or supine position.

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