?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Hapless

So I was thinking the other day that I'm hapless when it comes to certain things, and then I got to thinking about what "hapless" means. OED says it's a lack of "hap" or good luck. But for me "hapless" has a connotation of "helpless" as well. To be hapless is to be incapable. So there's an undercurrent of meaning here: "The only way I can be successful is if I'm lucky, and I'm not lucky." In other words, I can't make this happen, so I need hap. It's a passive trait. "Get happy" is a contradiction in terms.

Tags:

Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
surliminal
Mar. 14th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
You need to read China Mieville's Embassytown - it has a coinage "floaking" which i think may fit you to a tee..
randy_byers
Mar. 14th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
Groan. Is it another thousand page doorstop?
surliminal
Mar. 14th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
!
No I read it in a day - admittedly a v long day!
randy_byers
Mar. 14th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
Re: !
Well, I'm going to have a few days to read next week, so maybe I'll check U Bookstore to see if they have it.
(Deleted comment)
randy_byers
Mar. 15th, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
Sure, but resonances there are aplenty. Happiness happens!
( 6 comments — Leave a comment )

Latest Month

April 2017
S M T W T F S
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30      

Tags

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Lilia Ahner