Yesterday in my sermon, I said “half-asked” twice.
I got home to have the two adults tell me I said “half-assed”! Oy! I didn’t even know that term existed! They swore that “half-asked” wasn’t a term.
Thank God for Google. Evidently my term is a term but a softening of half-assed. Who’d have thunk it?
At the Eggcorn Forum it says:
A half-assed effort is one that is unplanned, incompetent, or ambivalently undertaken. â€˜Half-askedâ€™ nicely expresses the similar idea of partial or indifferent motivation.
What is half-assed any way? One cheek?