laxadaisical vs lackadaisical : Common Errors in English

About laxadaisical vs lackadaisical

“Alack!” originally meant something like “Alas!” It bore connotations of dissatisfaction or shame. “Alack the day!” meant at first “may the day be shamed in which this awful thing has happened.” Later, it came to be abbreviated “lack-a-day” and used to express mere surprise.The expression was gradually weakened, shifting from expressions of anguish to resigned despair, to languid indifference. The end result is the modern form “lackadaisical,” which conveys a lack of enthusiasm—a casual, perfunctory way of doing things.This final meaning suggests “laxness” to some people who then misspell the word “laxadaisical,” but this is nonstandard.

lackadaisical Meaning(s)

  • (s) lacking spirit or liveliness
  • (s) idle or indolent especially in a dreamy way

lackadaisical in News

  • The PEN15 Mightier (June 9) - WWE + ROH = AWESOME

    WWE + ROH = Awesome. I must admit, after a few months of finding most WWE programming to be lackadaisical, the past couple of weeks have been a nice change of pace.
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Lords of Pain

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