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Postby Tarsier » 18 Jan 2017, 00:07

Talking with someone today about something being efficacious, which of course means something that is successful in producing the desired result. In discussing it, I realized there doesn't exist a good antonym for the word. There are words such as impotent, ineffective and useless that describe something that is NOT efficacious, but there needs to be a word for things that consistently "successfully produce the exact opposite of the desired result."

So, deficit seemed like a good candidate for a portmanteau with efficacious for this word, so:

Deficacious: Successfully producing the exact opposite of the desired result.

I'm thinking of things that pretty consistently do this, such as:

Telling school kids to stop smearing up the bathroom mirrors.
Naming one's daughter "Chastity".
Telling a police officer that he goddamn better not write you a ticket.
Writing a bad check to eliminate a debt and then incurring a service fee on top of keeping the debt.

Thought it would be fun to open up this thread and see if you can come up with any other clever examples.
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Re: Defficacious

Postby edmgrim » 18 Jan 2017, 00:28

My negotiations with England in every game of diplomacy that I have ever played.
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Re: Defficacious

Postby Octavious » 18 Jan 2017, 01:03

Telling someone to clear their mind of the song "Lily the Pink".
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Re: Defficacious

Postby Tarsier » 18 Jan 2017, 01:07

Octavious wrote:Telling someone to clear their mind of the song "Lily the Pink".


Clever!

"Most efficacious in every case."
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Re: Defficacious

Postby The SHIV » 18 Jan 2017, 01:09

Well since you're hang in round with nuthin to do (Tarsier), maybe you'd care to join me in a game? Lets get one started, what say you? That would be very efficacious of you!

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Re: Defficacious

Postby Tarsier » 18 Jan 2017, 01:11

The SHIV wrote:Well since you're hang in round with nuthin to do (Tarsier), maybe you'd care to join me in a game? Lets get one started, what say you? That would be very efficacious of you!

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Wait, now I'm confused. Are you actually trying to get me to join a game or using reverse psychology to appear to defficaciously deter me from playing so I look like a big ole coward??
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Re: Defficacious

Postby The SHIV » 18 Jan 2017, 01:17

Ahhhhhh......the coward thing. I throw down the gauntlet and challenge you to a game of regular ole diplomacy. 48/24/24, can be anon countries, nuthin fancy, nuthin funny, random countries, what else? I believe we met once and both lost. Anyway, what say you?

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Re: Defficacious

Postby The SHIV » 18 Jan 2017, 01:18

And......get off my lawn!
LoL

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Re: Defficacious

Postby The SHIV » 18 Jan 2017, 01:21

I'm gonna close up the tablet for the night and give you time to weasel....LoL.....I mean find your way out.

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Re: Defficacious

Postby Tarsier » 18 Jan 2017, 01:30

The SHIV wrote:I'm gonna close up the tablet for the night and give you time to weasel....LoL.....I mean find your way out.

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Sure, I'd play. But I'm in a game now and have a strict one-game-at-a-time rule, so once that wraps up.

Now, back to topic:

Defficacious:

Trying to start a thread that has nothing to do with the game Diplomacy, which becomes a thread all about the game Diplomacy.

Though I don't know if that's consistent enough to be defficacious. It might only happen when SHIV is online.
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