Pronounce the "j" both times in the normal way, as in "jelly."
Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a jejune comment”
2. After a linking verb, as in “Their comments were jejune.”)
This word has several meanings, but we'll focus on a particularly useful one:
Something jejune is not important, not interesting, and not exciting.
Anything that is empty of creativity or interest can be called jejune.
How to use it:
Talk about a jejune idea, jejune qualities or characteristics, jejune chatter, jejune writing, jejune movies, a jejune perspective or a jejune outlook on something, and yes, jejune people and jejune behavior.
I cringe when I think about all the jejune poetry I wrote as a teenager, though it seemed so profound and creative to me at the time.
I admit I make jejune comments to whoever shares an elevator with me, maybe out of a feeling of social obligation. "Gee, it's warm today, huh?" "Uh...yup."
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "jejune" means when you can explain it without saying "boring" or "empty."
Think of something you used to get really excited about that now seems boring to you, and fill in the blanks: “I can't believe this jejune _____ used to make me _____.”
Example: “I can't believe this jejune Home Alone sequel used to make me beg my parents to take me back to the theater to see it again and again.”
Alternatively, your example can be about something you know is silly, but you like it anyway. Like this: "I can't believe this jejune series about vampires and werewolves makes me keep on turning the pages."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don't go straight to the review now; let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
This month's game is "Guess the real pop song title when I give you a long-winded, highfalutin version of it." All the answers this month will be titles of popular songs released no earlier than 2012. Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. We're playing this in order to appreciate the simple, precise vocabulary of pop song titles, despite how often they are criticized for being sappy, trite, and simplistic.
Yesterday’s answer: “The Period of Time in Which I Was Considered Your Romantic Property” is really “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars.
Try this one today: “The Circular Device Which Allows the Transport of a Precursor to the Automobile”
A Point Well Made:
George Eliot: “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
1. The opposite of JEJUNE is
2. The authors tried so hard to _____ that the entire textbook seemed jejune.
A. cover all aspects of the fascinating new technology
B. make the content easy to understand
C. satisfy the exacting demands of professors who had used the previous version
Answers are below.
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