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Brown Study

Definition: A state of deep absorption or thoughtfulness.

Pronunciation: Brown-study. Problem?

Origin: Brown color, back in the medieval times, was considered as a color that evinced gloominess and bleakness (yeah, just like what blue does nowadays). I too sometimes think that there is something wrong with the color. Rarely do I hear someone saying that my favorite color is brown. I think it’s just not that prepossessing. But wait, doesn’t beauty lie in the eyes of the beholder?

The word “study” here is put to accentuate the perusal of that gloominess, therefore engendering the meaning, as a state of gloomy abstraction.

Why this word?

 Before my encounter with this word, I used to use words like pensive, ruminative, reflecting, brooding and sometimes navel-gazing (time has been bad to me) to delineate this state. Inside my heart, I always felt discontented. But then a day came when Brown study came into my vocabulary and became an integral word.  Integral because I often fall into brown study- Mostly during the boring lectures and sometimes when I am seriously broke.

How to use Brown study in sentence?

You must have observed in movies that just after the breakup or a minor skirmish between the protagonist and the heroine, either the hero or the heroine and sometimes both fall into a self-contemplation mode where different images appear in black and white reminiscing how beautiful their life used to be. They actually fall into brown study.

“He hasn’t come out of his house in the last 5 days. It looks like this brown study is going to continue forever.”


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Written by Akshay Dashore

Akshay is a Civil engineer who, for his love of words, preferred words over engineering. He is an avid reader and a prolific writer.


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