RATIONALOSER (N.) ‘ra-shun-a-‘loo-zur One who continually makes excuses for not making life changes that lie within his power, while ignoring the most obvious obstacles to his progress (lack of self-discipline, destructive relationships, unrealistic expectations). Also (v.) rationalose, to talk oneself out of constructive change. Usage: Why hadn’t Darya finished college, quit the job she hated, or lost 20 pounds? She blamed her parents, her boyfriend, the economy, her horoscope…but in reality, she was a rationaloser, more interested in pondering explanations for her paralysis than in stirring herself to action.
Text © Liesl Schillinger 7/29/2009 Image ©Elizabeth Zechel, 2/27/2012