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    Senior Member Snicklefritz's Avatar
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    a vocab question

    Is there a word that expressed someone doing a certain thing but they really don't think that
    thing is going to happen? I'm working on an article and wondered if there is a word to describe
    that kind of attitude...

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    I don't know if there's a word that describes exactly what you want, but there are a couple of different angles. If someone's trying to accomplish something but they don't think it'll ever happen for them, you've got futility and hopelessness. Or if they're trying to do something but they're not any good at it, there's good ol' incompetence, perhaps?

    Then there's someone who's doing something but they don't believe what they're doing could ever possibly have a particular effect that's actually a likely outcome...that would be foolhardiness, or maybe just stupidity.

    I doubt any of these will help you, but you've piqued my interest about just WHAT you're trying to communicate in your article.
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    This advice is the reason I'm masquerading as an athletic person.

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    Senior Member Snicklefritz's Avatar
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    ^^^ This forum is a lot like cartalk. You can get answer on just about everything!
    Sounds like maybe you should write the article. i have to laugh...a response in less in 5 minutes!!!

    (it was about people in poor health and people doing what they can to help them improve their condition, but they don't think it's going to do anything) It's actually an article my mom is writing and I didn't know the answer so I posted a question here because I figured I'd probably get some responses.

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    Delusional? Fait accompli?
    Flying a jet is no different than riding a bicycle. It's just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.

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    ..."want of heart"...

    "He is," she said to her mother, "a poet, defenceless against
    disaster, mean out of laziness, not for want of heart, and rather too
    prone to pleasure; in short, a great cat, whom it is impossible to
    hate. What would become of him without me? I hindered his marriage; he
    has no prospects. His talent would perish in privations."
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    Would you like a dream with that?

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    Futile...

    Cypress was trying to get laid, but he knew it was futile.

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    windmill chasing? Don Quixote-ing about?
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    gedankenexperiment? Irrealis moods?

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    ^ This forum is a lot like cartalk. You can get answer on just about everything!
    Cartalk is my favorite radio show! Don't drive like my brother! hahaha
    sorry, I just had to share that.

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    fatalistic?
    defeatist?
    The search for inner peace continues...

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    Contrary causatum would meet your needs

    contrary. (n.d.). Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.3.1). Retrieved August 10, 2007, from Thesaurus.com website: http://thesaurus.reference.com/browse/contrary

    causatum. (n.d.). Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.3.1). Retrieved August 10, 2007, from Thesaurus.com website: http://thesaurus.reference.com/browse/contrary
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