Inofficious must mean minding your own business; it must mean being sensitive to other people's need for privacy; it must mean allowing others to settle their owd destinies.
Being inofficious must mean not insisting that complete strangers buy your favourite brand of musli or sit on your picnic rug; it must mean not telling random parents their children should be wearing shoes; it must mean not stating an adverse opinion of the state or style of other people's gardens.
It must mean keeping private the thought that the neighbours' new extension looks like a drive-through car wash.
But, actually, no, not as a rule.
Inofficious can mean uncivil or inattentive, but it's mostly a legal term that means contrary to moral obligation or natural affection, as in, for instance, unfairly disinheriting a child.
And obviously you don't want to do that.
Not when the blighters are going to be choosing your care home.
Photo by Catherine Scott
Thing Not To Do Today: be inofficious. This word comes from the Latin officiōsus, kindly, from officium, service.