Friday, February 25, 2011

10 New Words to Describe My Fatigue

Exhausted dancerImage via Wikipedia
Did you know that the Eskimos have 100 words for snow? Seems if you live with snow day in, day out, for your entire life, just one word isn't enough to describe the nuances, variations and subtleties in each and every snowfall.

Well I live with severe fatigue every day and I am beginning to see that the words "tired," "exhausted," and "fatigued" just aren't enough either. So I went looking for some new words to describe my constant companion and I think you'll get a chuckle from the results.

baked - a kind of tired similar to being drugged

-> I am so totally baked I can hardly move.

bedraggled - so exhausted you look like hell

-> After a night of no sleep, I am bedraggled.

cashed - so drained you are running on empty

-> Man I am completely cashed.

crunchy - feeling so sick and ill that it makes you dog-tired too

-> I am so flared up right now I feel crunchy.

deaded - so out of energy that death will be your next stop

-> I'm so deaded, I can't get out of bed today.

hit - so weary you feel like you've been beat up in a fight

-> I'm hit and headed for a nap of epic proportions.

inquant - fatigued to the point of ludicrous hysteria

-> I am so inquant after no sleep that all I can do is laugh.

knackered - extremely tired (comes from a term used to describe animals too old, sick or worn to be eaten)

-> My illnesses have made me knackered.

smoked - physically exhausted or burned out

-> Grocery shopping just smoked me.

zonked - mentally tired or "out of it"

-> I am too zonked to add 2 + 2.

Can you relate? If so, what unusual words for fatigue would you add to my list?

My thanks to the The Online Slang Dictionary for inspiring my new word choices.

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Anonymous said...

Good one Selena! I say "I'm done" alot, and the family knows what I mean!

Migrainista said...

Love it!

Anonymous said...

I already used zonked and knackered but think I will add the others to my list of words to use to describe my fatgue (I have ME/CFS). Like you, I'm getting pretty bored of tired, exhausted and fatigued!! lol.
[I realise I'm commenting on a really old post, but I only found your blog today ;) it's great btw!]