What are the “Doldrums”

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Sailors used to call the low-pressure area near the equator the “Doldrums” because winds here tend to be very light and variable and, thus, difficult to sail in. The Doldrums are found near where the trade winds originate. The expression “in the doldrums” has come to mean a person who is feeling inactive, listless, or lethargic.


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