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I'm looking for a word.

"laziness" is close, but I need a specific kind of laziness, where one routinely shrugs off or refuses responsibility. Where they pass the buck with such phrases as "touched you last." The opposite of any word you'd use to describe someone who volunteers at every opportunity -- if you can think of those words, I can probably think of their antonyms.

Thesaurus isn't helping, 'cause you can't really search by phrase. If I had a one-word search term, I wouldn't need a thesaurus.

At this point, I don't care if it's an adjective, a noun or a verb. And the language of origin isn't important either, so long as it's not a languaged owned and trademarked by corporate entities -- if this word exists in the Ewok dictionary, I don't need to know about it.

And yes, I am rejecting all variations on the word "smurf" for that general reason.

Again, we're looking for an actual word, with a meaning which anyone can verify in an appropriate dictionary.

And know that a certain frustration level need be reached before I consider asking for help with these things; If you've cleverly come up with a person, age group, organization or ethnicity whose name you feel perfectly embodies that description, you might want to think twice about sharing that -- your punchline will have to be very funny to convince me that biting your nose off is not worth the effort and consequence.

Update:
I'm still taking suggestions, but fainéant looks like it may be the winner.

And I'm expanding my search to include online essays -- If I can find one which differentiates between assorted types of laziness, that would be the perfect resource to deal with this problem.

But you'd know all of this if you read this thread's comments. =P

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gooberfishbowl
Nov. 14th, 2004 06:45 pm (UTC)
Shirker? I know to shirk is proper... Can it be extrapolated?
self
Nov. 14th, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)
Shirk might end up being my best bet. I was thinking about that one earlier -- it's got a nice name-calling feel to it (sounding like "jerk" as it does). My problem there is the "sneaky" connotation. Or maybe it's timing -- you've got duties and you're trying to get out of them without anyone noticing, where a ________ wouldn't have been pretty open about not letting them stick in the first place.

I'm probably trying too hard, though. As of this moment, Shirk is my fallback position.

And yes, m-w.com says it can indeed be extrapolated. But I think it loses something when you do. Whatever - verbs are fine. (forgot to mention that in the entry. I go fix that...)

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