Verboticism: Gaptitude

'But I don't know how to take out the garbage!'

DEFINITION: n. A specialized inability, or area of "chosen incompetency", based on an individual's need to avoid certain unpleasant tasks. v. To avoid responsibility by claiming incompetence.

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Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /GAP-ti-tood/

Sentence: When George got home from work, the digital clocks were all blinking. "There was a power outage," said Angie. George had shown her how to set the clocks many times, but she had a real gaptitude for programming any sort of electronic device. Then she said, "Oh, and please set the TV to record my soap-opera, that dancing show, Big Brother..." etc. As George was finishing that he said, "You know it's not actually the TV that's doing the recording, right?" For a moment, she just looked perplexed. Then he couldn't see her face, because the power went out again.

Etymology: Gap - a lack of confidence or understanding, perceived as creating a problem (from Old Norse, gap "chasm") + Aptitude - capability; ability; innate or acquired capacity for something; talent (from Latin, aptus "joined, fitted") [Gaptitude - a certain lack of ability]

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Comments: Gaptitude

lumina - 2008-06-18: 12:30:00
Perfectly funny!

Jabberwocky - 2008-06-18: 16:58:00

OZZIEBOB - 2008-06-19: 05:50:00
Very good.