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Why do we say ‘I’m in the doldrums’?

Origins of a dreary and dismal phrase.

Image: DKatana at Pixaby

Merriam-Webster gives this definition for ‘doldrums’

1: a spell of listlessness or despondency

2 often capitalized, oceanography : a part of the ocean near the equator abounding in calms, squalls, and light shifting winds

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