Ineptitude


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Ineptitude

See also Awkwardness.
Brown, Charlie
meek hero unable to kick a football, fly a kite, or win a baseball game. [Comics: “Peanuts” in Horn, 543]
Capt. Queeg
incompetent commander of the minesweeper Caine. [Am. Lit. and Cinema: Wouk The Caine Mutiny in Benét, 157]
Dogberry
officious, inept constable. [Br. Lit.: Much Ado About Nothing]
Fife, Barney
deputy who can’t be trusted with loaded gun. [TV: “The Andy Griffith Show” in Terrace, I, 55–56]
George of the Jungle
bungling do-gooder. [TV: Terrace, I, 305–306]
Gilligan
whose every action reeks of incompetence. [TV: “Gilligan’s Island” in Terrace, I, 312–313]
Gordon, Dr.
called a “butcher” for his needless and bungled operations. [Am. Lit.: King’s Row; Magill I, 478]
Hagar the Horrible
soft-hearted, unkempt Viking whose raids yield minuscule plunder. [Comics: Horn, 299]
Halftrack, General
the ultimate in inept officers. [Comics: “Beetle Bailey” in Horn, 105–106]
Hound, Huckleberry
bungler trying to find niche; always fails. [TV: “The Huckleberry Hound Show” in Terrace, I, 367–377]
Klink, Colonel
naive official in charge of prisoner-of-war camp. [TV: “Hogan’s Heroes” in Terrace, I, 357–358]
Lucky Eddie Hagar’s
chinless aide, bungles the simplest assignments. [Comics: Hagar the Horrible in Horn, 299]
Marplot
actions are well-meant, but his continual interference ruins lovers’ plans. [Br. Drama: The Busybody in Barnhart, 185]
Orbaneja
obliged to label painted objects for identification. [Span. Lit.: Don Quixote]
Peter Principle, The
book stating, “in a Hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to the level of his incompetence.” [Am. Lit.: The Peter Principle, Payton, 522]
Sad Sack
who can’t do anything right. [Comics: “The Sad Sack” in Horn, 595–596]
Scarecrow
can’t live up to his name. [Am. Lit.: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 780]
Schultz, Sergeant
bumbling assistant to Colonel Klink at Stalag 13. [TV: “Hogan’s Heroes” in Terrace, I, 357–358]
Slop, Dr.
country doctor attends Tristram Shandy’s birth and crushes the infant’s nose with his forceps. [Br. Lit.: Tristram Shandy in Magill I, 1027]
three men in a boat
inexperience makes their trip on the Thames become a series of misfortunes. [Br. Lit.: Jerome Three Men in a Boat in Magill II, 1018]
Toody and Muldoon
twin antitheses of “New York’s Finest.” [TV: “Car 54, Where Are You?” in Terrace, I, 138–139]
Tumbleweeds
world’s most incompetent sheriff. [Comics: Horn, 673]
White Knight
invents clever objects that never work. [Br. Lit.: Lewis Carroll Through the Looking-Glass]
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The caper, however, thrives on that monkey in the middle, the spoiler whose ineptitude or latent moral compass blows the whistle on the threesome's meticulously worked-out scheme.
Yet these dire statistics hardly reflect the political ineptitude or the immorality of the Haitian people; they are the legacies of colonial efforts to punish and repress a proud history of resistance.
At the very least, members of the President's inner circle displayed a degree of ineptitude and outright incompetence that must give pause.
The blooper ballet really puts you in touch with the ineptitude of the team, and advances the plot.
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Crisis Mismanagement introduces the journalists and traces their reporting as it turned up more and more evidence of the agency's ineptitude and alerted readers to the fact that the federal government was unlikely to be ready for "the Big One.
Johnson's three goals and an assist made him fantasy God of the week, netting a huge haul of points for those managers that had spent most of the season cursing his ineptitude.
A photocopied mailing informs me that due to their ineptitude and incompetence I need to find several thousand pounds to bail out their failed gambles and money grubbing speculations.
This inefficiency and ineptitude costs the council tax payer thousands of pounds every year.
The rest of tonight's episode is given over to the eternal ``Survivor'' inevitabilities: ineptitude over starting fires, stumbling about during the immunity challenge (Puka and Aitu blow Raro and Hiki away) and other random bumbling: Jessica Smith, a ``rollergirl'' from Chico (is that really a paying job?
An enquiry blamed the National Coal Board for the Aberfan disaster, due to "ignorance, ineptitude and a failure of communication".
DODDERY old Barbara Bush's idiot comments that the New Orleans flood refugees are better off just about sums up the jaw-dropping ineptitude of the Americans handling this awesome tragedy.