For no particular reason, I felt like looking some words up in the dictionary today. I had this urge to get my definition on (so to speak). And I was struck by what Mr. Webster has to say about one particular word.
And that word would be: DEADBEAT
Which the esteemed Mr. Webster defines in the following manner:
1. A person who deliberately avoids paying debts.
2. A loafer; sponger.
3. Being a parent who neglects parental responsibilities, esp. one who does not pay child support.
In fact, I was SO fascinated by this that I had to also Google what Mr. Roget has to say about synonyms for this word.
And that word would (again) be: DEADBEAT
Mr. Roget provides the following enlightening list of synonyms:
Malefactor (ooh…good one)
Miscreant (another good one)
Punk (where’s Dirty Harry when you need him?)
I’m just sayin’ is all.
P.S. Bonus points to those who go out and use either “malefactor” or “miscreant” in a sentence today.