Lax sense

March 24th, 2011
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“They’re charging them for essentially being laxadaisical in their financial oversight” -

Lis Wiehl, commentator on the O’Reilly Factor

It’s reassuring to see that media personalities are making a real effort to keep old chestnut Stupidisms like this one evergreen. In fact, Mr. O’Reilly chimed in and repeated the same Stupidism, with gusto, during the exchange.

Perhaps it’s because “laxadaisical” is a Stupidism dying for vindication, to become a real word. After all, it combines the idea of the word “lax” with “lackadaisical”, which sounds kind of awkward to begin with. Or is it that certain behaviour “lacks” something?

The discussion centred around the possible charges being laid against employees of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for poor oversight of the corporations’ finances. All agreed it was likely too little, too late when it came to imposing any meaningful punishment, given the scale of the financial disaster of the mortgage giants. How true.

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By John Weissenberger