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Meanderthal

noun; blending and clipping
An individual who is without direction and focus in his or her life; a person who repeatedly tries different things for short periods of time before switching to something else
 
: This is a pejorative term that uses metaphor to refer to someone who is undecided about what they want to achieve and likening them to a Neanderthal. It has a negative connotation that implies that the person is of low intellect, such as a Neanderthal. Therefore, due to their low intellect, they are unable to make up their minds and are thus aimless and have a life filled with many twists and turns in direction. This is most often attributed to people who are undecided about their major area of focus at the collegiate level. This word was probably coined to be used as a hurtful insult and already formed words were not used because they lacked creativity.
Etymology : This is a blend of the root word ‘meander’ with the clipping of the root ‘Neanderthal.’ ‘Meander’ comes from L. ‘meander,’ which means ‘confusion, intricacies.’ The verb form of the word meaning ‘to flow in a winding course’ came about c.1612 but referred only to rivers. It did not refer of a person ‘to wanders aimlessly’ until c.1831. ‘Neanderthal’ comes from Ger. ‘Neanderthal’ which referred to Neanderthal Valley, a gorge where humanoid fossils were identified in 1856.
Source : Conversation with a friend. “Jim is such a Meanderthal; he did absolutely nothing this summer and still does not know where he wants to go for college.” (07/2007)
Last modified: 3 December 2008


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