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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.

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


Nov. 15th, 2004 02:44 am (UTC)
Know what I think is neat?
Upwards of 20 comments back and forth on this thread so far, and nobody's asked you why you wanted this word.

That's pretty cool...
Nov. 15th, 2004 11:44 am (UTC)
I think they know it's for some sort of creative project, and respect that I can't reveal much more than that. Those who've been around here a while know a large part of that is me not wanting to disappoint everyone yet again if things don't pan out with it.

Either that, or they figure I got stumped mid-argument ("Oh yeah? Well, you're.... Dammit, what's the word I'm looking for? Let me go ask my friends list -- you wait here.") and don't want to embarass me. Which is also cool.

Either way, my friends list is pretty kick-ass.

But, hey! If it heightens your curiosity, I was also struggling with a related issue, and THAT answer turned out to be "tie a bag of salt to a stick, and aim it in the other direction."

(For real. There's an explanation, but it won't be posted here...)


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