Fun Fact November 24, 2020.
24 November 2020
Are you a ne’er-do-well? In yesterday’s Fun Fact I used this term, but I realized that perhaps some may not know exactly what a ne’er-do-well is. Basically, to say someone is a ne’er-do-well, you are calling a person a bum, derelict, do-nothing, good-for-nothing, no-account, no-good, no-goodnik, slacker and or vagrant. The word has Scottish origins and was first printed in Allan Ramsay’s A collection of Scots proverbs in 1737. The rough translation from the book is some have many faults, but you are only a ne’er-do-well. The word ne’er is the shorten version of never, so when you ask the question how often does a ne’er-do-well do something worth while? The answer is never.