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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Thing Not To Do Today: be hectic.

Are you in a rush?

Is the house cluttered, the garden weedy, the homework piled up, the job impossible, the keys down the back of the radiator, and the car making a slightly odd noise when you turn right that you're hoping is just a stick caught up in something but that you're afraid is really much worse and needs something doing about it though you're not sure what?

Yep. Thought so.

Hectic, isn't it. And if you're so agitated you've gone red in the face, then your cheeks have hectic spots on them, too.

Still, things could be worse. If you had a hectic fever then you wouldn't be well at all.

Hectic did go through a brief stage of meaning cool (the fashionable and laid-back kind of cool) but that was, ooh, about ten years ago, so it's probably not used any more.

Anyway, there's no need to be hectic. Make a list. Do the easiest thing on it. Tick things off and then be smug.

It can only help. Can't it.

Thing Not To Do Today: be hectic. This word comes from the Old French étique, from the Greek ektikos, which means habitual or consumptive, from ekhein, to be in a certain state.


  1. There's really such a thing as hectic spots?
    I've always called it a flushed face. Dang. Missed something again! Oh, the fun I could've had with that!
    You're educating me, one day at a time! :)

    1. And myself, most of all, Jingles. The hectic spots (coincidentally I've just last night read about Sherlock Holmes's HSs in The Dying Detective) were particularly associated with consumption. Not good at all.