1. to button one’s clothing so as to leave one buttonhole at the top empty and one button at the bottom unbuttoned, or vice versa. That is, a failure to fully complete the buttoning process.
2. to fail to complete a simple task.
Ok, I’ll admit it: I made it up.
But it’s a sound word, with a real meaning and etymology.
Remember George Bush? Yeah, I thought you did. He coined that word that hasn’t (yet) made it into Merriam-Webster’s or the OED (I checked), misunderestimate.
He also, famously, showed up for his photo-op speech in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, a disaster whose scope he completely misunderestimated, with the intention of showing how large and in charge he was. Instead, he showed up with his shirt incorrectly buttoned: misunderbuttoned.
It all fits neatly together in my head, at least.
Thanks to Bitty for today's WOTD entry
Friday, July 25, 2008