Two for the Price of One

It’s about time that I stop being feckless and make a post here on this site!  I am, like, totally not very responsible.

Feckless [fek-lis] is an adjective that means having no sense of responsibility.  Careless.  Incompetent.  (I’m not incompetent — just busy doing other things . . .)

Oft times, children are feckless when they clean their room or do other chores around the house.  (And mother wants to follow beind them doing the job over so it is done right.)  Sometimes the general public feel that their elected officials are feckless or irresponsible — especially if they don’t belong to the same political party that you do.  A boss may feel that an employee is feckless when the employee is incompetent in his job.

Folks exhibiting road rage are feckless — or irresponsible in their driving.  College students on spring break are feckless in that they have no sense of responsibility during their break.  A construction worker might feel pressure to get a home built quickly and will do feckless (careless and incompetent) things to cut corners.

If one can be feckless, then can one have feck?  One sure can.  Feck means worth or value.  Your 1959 Chevy Impala convertible has great feck if you collect antique cars.  If it’s your main source of transportation, well . . .  if it is dependable it may have feck to you.  It can also mean quantity or amount.

So there you have it, folks. Feck. Feckless.  Try not to be feckless.  Remember the saying:  “If a job is worth doing, it’s worthh doing well.”

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Thank Demosthenes For Today’s Word

Before we get to today’s word, we need to examine a wee bit o’ history.  Since I’m not really a lover of history, it will be brief.  Extremely brief.

Philip II, king of Macedonia, wanted to expand Macedon so he fought many battles to gain more land.  Demosthenes gave a series of speeches urging Greeks to unite and fight against him.

There, that history lesson wasn’t so bad, now was it?

From these speeches, we get today’s word: philippic.

Philippic [[fi-lip-ik] is a noun that means a verbal denunciation characterized by harsh, often insulting language.  A verbal  tirade.  In effect, Demosthenes was extremely verbal and extremely critical of King Philip.  Very outspoken.  Anybody and everybody in those times knew that Demosthenes felt King Philip was scum between his toes.  Or less.

In today’s world of politics in the United States, you will hear many philippic speeches made about the health care issue, about illegal aliens, and about the trillion dollar deficit.  These speeches and comments are very harsh.  Very bitter.  Emotions run high.  Hateful things are said and people are defamed.

Sometimes young children make philippic comments against siblings when they are mad at each other. People who are let go from their jobs often go home and make philippic comments to their spouse about their boss.  Students who fail college exams mutter philippic words about their professors.

Yesterday as I rode the bus home from work, the driver honked at a bicyclist just before the bus made a stop.  This upset the cyclist and he came to the bus door and spat many philippic words at the driver.

So, if someone bursts out in a tirade, or gives someone a tongue lashing, or berates or condemns someone, their speech is philippic.

I hope that nobody spews philippic comments your way today.

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