Verboticism: Flunkard

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DEFINITION: v. To focus on your weaknesses, rather than your strengths. n. A person who is obsessed with their perceived deficiencies, and works hard to ensure that everyone else understands and appreciates their failings.

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Flunkard

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /flung-kerd/ (pronounced like 'drunkard')

Sentence: Larry would often set low standards for himself and then consistently fail to meet those standards. As a habitual flunkard, Larry found that there were very few tasks entrusted to him at the office. Management, having noticed this, were quick to assume that he was quite skilled at delegating assignments, and offered him a promotion.

Etymology: Flunk - failure to meet minimum performance standards (English slang, from alteration of British university slang, funk "to be frightened, shrink from") + Drunkard - a chronic, habitual drinker (from Old English, druncen, pp. of "to drink"); Flunkard = a chronic, habitual failure.

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Comments: Flunkard

Jabberwocky - 2008-04-29: 12:21:00
great sentence Tigger

Mustang - 2008-04-29: 23:23:00
Great word!