He write down on a little piece of paper for me: FORLORN
I'm sure most of you have heard of this word, but it is not a word you just whip out in any sentence. As I said, that porter (joie-de-vivre) is a walking-dictionary and the description he gave for the word is exactly like it is out of a dictionary.
for·lorn /fɔrˈlɔrn/ Show Spelled[fawr-lawrn]
1. desolate or dreary; unhappy or miserable, as in feeling, condition, or appearance.
2. lonely and sad; forsaken.
3. expressive of hopelessness; despairing: forlorn glances.
4. bereft; destitute: forlorn of comfort.
before 1150; Middle English foreloren (past participle of forlesen to lose completely), Old English forloren (past participle of forlēosan ); cognate with Old High German firliosan ( German verlieren ), Gothic fraliusan. See for-, lorn
1. pitiful, pitiable, helpless, woebegone, comfortless.
2. alone, lost, solitary. See desolate. 4. deprived.
I tried to test the word out on my oldies...
OT: What does forlorn mean?
Resident 1: Sad
Resident 2: "Fore lawn" is right in front of the "Agter Lawn"
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