Could you please give me some informal/slang terms referring to a person who's unwilling to do anything that needs effort?
Would 'lackadaisical' be one of those words? (I've also heard 'lacksadaisical'!)
Neither word is necessarily temporary.
1. Fred (a teacher) is fine once he gets into the classroom, but he is very lackadaisical with his paperwork. His files are always in a mess.
2. George is recovering from his loss, but he is still rather listless. I think it's going to be some time before he's back to his old lively self.
I feel that 'listless' does nor work in #1, and that 'lackadaisical' is totally wrong in #2.
However, I have been checking with various online dictionaries since I posted my first response, and none of them agrees with me. This may be just my own idiosyncratic idea. Let's see if other members have any thoughts on this.
Last edited by 5jj; 25-Apr-2011 at 13:38. Reason: another typo - I am getting lackadaisical.
This site has some alternatives.
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A person such as you describe is a 'bludger', or is simply lazy.
PS *The word 'errant' probably doesn't have the primary meaning I intended, but I've left it because it's quite appropriate anyway, in that the letter wanders in and out of the word. What I meant was 'erroneous' (which has the same Latin root - hence my slip )
Last edited by BobK; 28-Apr-2011 at 17:24. Reason: PS added
PS The term 'lead-swinger' could be relevant in some contexts (though it means neither listless nor lackadaisical). A lead-swinger, originally was someone who - when people were volunteering for various nautical duties - opted to 'swing the lead'. This was an easy job, using a plumb-line with knots in it every 6 feet to measure the depth of the surrounding water - and if, for example, there was 12 feet of water he would call out 'mark twain'. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Twain#Pen_names
Now, though, any shirker can be called a 'lead-swinger'.
Last edited by BobK; 26-Apr-2011 at 12:31. Reason: Typo