URBAN MALAISE

Malaise, which ultimately traces back to Old French, has been part of English since the mid-18th century. One of its most notable uses came in 1979. President Jimmy Carter never actually used the word in his July 15 televised address, but it became known as the malaise speech all the same. In the speech, Carter described the United States as a nation facing a crisis of confidence and rife with paralysis and stagnation and drift. He spoke of a national malaise a few days later.