ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,


otiose (sh-s, t-), adj.
1.  lazy; idle.
2.  superfluous; useless; serving no practical purpose.
3.  ineffective; futile.

Etymology:  about 1800, from Latin otiosus, unemployed, not busy, at leisure.

"Joseph Sedley then led a life of dignified otiosity such as became a person of his eminence." (Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray)
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