Torpid is an adjective that indicates lethargy or laziness. Maybe your nagging mother is also an amateur wordsmith, and you have repressed memories of her voice shrilling, “Get your torpid carcass out of bed and clean your room!”

Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes once famously used this word to describe Opie of the now defunct Opie and Anthony Show, calling him a “torpid sloth.”

Speaking of animals, some mammals can go into a truncated version of hibernation called torpor, when they temporarily lower their body temperature to deal with frigid days. Don’t you wish humans were so lucky?


During the 1997 NBA finals, the New York Times ran a story on the Chicago Bulls’ game 3 loss to the Utah Jazz. The article was titled “Torpid Bulls Forced to Face the Music.” Apparently, Dennis Rodman didn’t bring his usual energy to the game—his torpid performance might have had something to do with the marching band that was sent to rudely awaken the Bulls. Or maybe he just picked the wrong hair color that game.