desidia – laziness, negligence, slovenness
day-SEE-deeah; sustantivo femenino
Necesito estudiar para el examen, pero tengo desidia.
I need to study for the test, but I’m lazy.
desidioso, sa – procrastinator
day-see-DEEOH-soe, sah; adjetivo
Yo soy desidioso; todo lo dejo hasta el último momento.
I am procrastinative; I leave everything until the last moment.
The meaning of desidia is straight forward, indicating laziness, but desidioso is another matter. Desidioso means lazy and negligent, but many Spanish speakers use it to indicate procrastination. The Spanish language does not have a good way for expressing the concept of procrastination (procrastinator, procrastinative, to procrastinate), and uses roundabout terms like dilación, indecisión, aplazar, andar con dilaciones, and others without really achieving an equivalent meaning. Thus, desidioso seems to be evolving toward a meaning that includes procrastination. When the meaning is not completely clear, however, savvy Spanish speakers sometimes add the English equivalent alongside the Spanish word to ensure that the meaning conveyed is one relating to procrastination and not simply laziness, which carries a more negative connotation.