1883today's wwftd is... ept
- Dec 27, 2013the worthless word for the day is: ept
[back-formation fr. inept < L. ineptus < L. in- + aptus]
(so the positive of inept is actually apt)
used as a deliberate antonym of inept: adroit, appropriate,
effective; hence, eptitude
"I am much obliged.. to you for your warm, courteous, and
ept treatment of a rather weak, skinny subject."
- E. B. White (1936 letter)
"The Foreign Secretary has a deserved reputation for being
an accident prone speechmaker, and his eptitudeâ€”if that is
a wordâ€”is sometimes questionable."
- Guardian, 3 Nov. 1970
and, seemingly ineptly used:
"She brought him home, we figured, OK, horny kid, way too
much screen time, socially ept as they ever get.."
- Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge (2013)
Best of the season to all!