A short post about words

I was recently thinking I had invented a new word – Apathise, however it already existed in the Urban dictionary. Thinking about it, of course it did. Somebody was bound to have got there years ago. However, I think the urban dictionary definition of apathise is not entirely appropriate.

It defines apathise as – To feel apathy or indifference towards something.

This definition ignores the fact that apathise is a derivation of empathise or sympathise and, at least in my opinion, means that you therefore do understand and care about a problem. Therefore I have re-defined the word as follows’

Apathise – to understand and empathise with a person, or persons, problems, but not care enough to actually get off your arse and do anything to help.

Not a big difference, I know, but it certainly refines it further to my liking.

And another word that needs definition:

Conspiragasm – the feeling of ecstasy felt when a conspiracy that you always believed existed, is proven to exist.

About George Fripley
I am a writer who enjoys writing humour, satire, poetry and sometimes a bit of philosophy. I live in Perth, Western Australia and occasionally get a poem or article published. It's all good fun! I have two books available for unwary readers, Grudges, Rumours and Drama Queens- The Civil Servant's Manual (This contains all that anybody could ever want to know about why government runs so slowly) and More Gravy Please! - the Politician's Handbook. (available through Amazon). Real name Peter Tapsell...just started off writing under a pseudonym and kept going.

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