February is just blah. I'm sorry to say it, but it's true.
It first appeared in the early 19th century, derived from 'dull' and analogous in form to 'tantrum'. The Oxford English Dictionary gives two early definitions:
a) A condition of dullness or drowsiness; dumps, low spirits, depression.
b) A dullard; a dull, drowsy, or sluggish fellow
What I really love, though, is that the word then became associated with a specific region of the ocean where the trade winds cancel each other out. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner describes this zone:
Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.
This is what February feels like to me. Stuck. Knowing that spring is on the horizon, knowing that the academic year will come to a close sooner than we are ready... motionless, waiting for something to happen.
Oxford English Dictionary online version December 2011. <http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/56557>; accessed 17 February 2012.
"Doldrums." Wikipedia. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doldrums> accessed 17 February 2012.