(K. Geetha, Mysore)

The `a' in the first syllable is like the `a' in `cat', `bat' and `sat'. The second syllable `laise' rhymes with the words `daze', `gaze', and `maze'. The word is pronounced `ma-laze' with the stress on the second syllable. This is a word of French origin and it is mostly used in formal contexts. `Mal' means `bad' and `aise' means `ease'; the word literally means `ill at ease'. Malaise is normally used to refer to the general feeling of uneasiness that we sometimes have. Very often we are unable to explain the cause of this mental or physical discomfort. This is just one of the meanings of the word.

S. UPENDRAN