Slapdash

slapdash“He did a real slapdash job when he painted the front door. It’s a lovely shade of red, but quite sloppy.” I love this word. It’s not onomatopoeia, but almost. We know from wordnik.com that it means, “hasty and careless”, and also bold. Etymology online gives a very straightforward origin, telling us slapdash is an adjective originating in the 1670’s, from the verbs “slap” and “dash”. Simple enough. To me, it’s a charming word. And when I hear it I think of someone I followed very early in the twitter game, @slapdashash. I enjoyed his clever tweets, often learning something from him about film or television. While researching slapdash, I also came across this wonderful Prezi presentation which will tell you all about slapdash, in a most engaging manner. The author, one Jack Malec, definitely did not put his presentation together in a slapdash fashion. I challenge you to find occasion to use this word tomorrow, then tell me about it.

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5 thoughts on “Slapdash

  1. Rachel Herd Evans notes in her book that her family uses the term “slapbang” in a similar fashion. I thought of it immediately when I saw your post. Hmm must not just be a southern thing.

  2. Yesterday we had the house power washed to remove green mold. The front, and more importantly my studio windows, face north. I remarked to our neighbor th

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