It’s almost the end of a school year that has been perpetually exhausting. Every teacher I know is beyond worn out.
I’ve used the words ‘tired’ and ‘exhausted’ so much in recent times, they have started to lose their currency. Not only are they becoming cliched, neither one really adequately describing the profundity or the long-term nature of the tiredness we’re feeling.
So, in the interests of communicating more effectively, I’d like to suggest some more expressive words to use instead.
Toilworn is a lovely word that reflects the nature of the tiredness that comes from hard work. It can also be used for something showing the effects of that kind of tiredness, or of the work that caused it.
Forswunk, as I’ve mentioned before, is one of my favourites. It’s a very old word that means exhausted by hard work.
Knackered is a term that is certainly expressive, and remarkably pleasing to say. I don’t know where else in the world people say this, but it’s certainly well understood in Australia as a term that means absolutely worn out.
If you have any other suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
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Please contribute this to the group ezine. I’d love to actually see you expound a bit upon the tiredness of teachers, especially in light of the tiredness of students who are not dealing at all well with remote learning.
If I’m not mistaken, Knackered is said in England a lot. I personally have never heard of Toilworn but just may be new favorite! Even the spell check on my computer has never heard of it, it’s telling me it’s two words, not sure if that is correct or not! What to you think teach? Did you make a spelling mistake??? LOL
Modern spell checks often fail to recognise old words that are not used so much anymore. I always tell my devices my grammar is richer than theirs.