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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Kruger and Dunning concluded that people who are incompetent in a task can't recognize their own ineptitude, whereas expertise in a task leads people to assume that because they perform well, most of their peers must do the same.
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Archbishop Storni of Santa Fe deplored "the absence of a real plan for the country" and "the ineptitude and dishonesty of so many leaders.
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One after another, these investigative bodies and internal security assets have been weakened by bureaucratic ineptitude and corroded by pressure from such social engineering groups as the National Lawyers Guild, the Center for National Security Studies (CNSS) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Some worry that many of our youth have fallen and can't (or won't) get up, driven down, as they have been, by the perennial forces of gross materialism (bling, bling), moral ineptitude, conspiracy theories, fashionable crimes, bad leadership, religious hypocrisy (sorry Jesse), or just plain shallowness of spirit.
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The "different realities" that, first, various writers seem to be envisioning and, later, various ethnic and "politically correct" groups intensely champion, before long seem to keep him awake at nights not by their mind-expanding challenge to accepted paradigms, but by their troublesome naivete, ineptitude, unfairness, and tendency to successfully browbeat Kernan's employers.
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Secretary of Energy Hazel O'Leary, who deserves credit for breaking through her Department's entrenched tradition of secrecy, ineptitude, and coverup, has promised a full investigation of nuclear experimentation with human subjects--but it will take a search of millions of documents, and even then it seems likely that the full truth will never be known.