I said what?!

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. ‘Half-asked’ nicely expresses the similar idea of partial or indifferent motivation.

What is half-assed any way? One cheek?

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and FundraisingCoach.com. He's also the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to http://thenonprofitacademy.com/21waysebook

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. lukas

    dude…half-asked is what people say who overheard someone else saying it and misunderstood. it doesn’t exist.

  2. Marc

    C’mon! It’s gotta exist!

    (Although I feel like my pocket protector is showing!)

  3. spring

    Dude, you SOOOO said “half-ass.” It knocked me off my seat when I heard it. 😉

  4. Janice

    I only heard it once.


  5. lukas

    next week try and fit in “bass ackward”

  6. lisa

    never heard of half-asked. that’s weird.
    and half-assed is funny.
    i don’t think it’s just one cheek though – i think a half-ass is what someone sees when ones pants won’t stay up where they belong.
    and you might say “gee – mr. saggypants did a half-assed job of getting dressed this morning.”


  7. Marc

    Lisa: so half-assed is like “half-mast”?

    Rich: What a stinkin’ riot! You certainly didn’t do a half-assed job on that audio engineering! 🙂 Who knew I could speak Arabic backward?

    Luke: I’ve heard that some were more amazed that I said “sex” just before the alleged “half-assed”!

    Come to VCW. You never know WHAT will be said! 😉

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