I wish someone would find an equivalent to the word ‘ Busy’ because the poor adjective is literally suffering from over use and threatens to disappear one day especially from the so called “busy” people’s vocabulary. The first time I heard the word being used or is it misused was when I was studying for a course in Journalism. I happened to overhear a conversation between two of my ‘ friends’ who appeared engrossed in repeatedly telling another common friend that they cannot make it to the meeting since they had a prior appointment. Both of them were dropping names of ‘ who is who’ in society perhaps to let the friend know how well they were connected . ‘Sorry, I can’t make it to the meeting because I have an appointment with the Governor ’said one and the other said she was meeting the Director of—-, and the timing clashed.
Imagine their discomfiture and embarrassment when I ran into them the following evening at the Supermarket when they were supposedly meeting the VIPs.
Years rolled by and even as I was getting used to the abuse of the adjective ‘busy’, I noticed that it is being replaced by the expression, ‘I have no time.’ Unfortunately this too has joined the adjective in its abuse. If there is a race between the two I wonder which will come out a winner ! May be it will end up with the pot calling the kettle black !
I think it was Henry Ford who said , IF I WANT SOMETHING TO BE DONE ,I WILL GIVE IT TO THE BUSIEST MAN BECAUSE HE WILL HAVE TIME FOR EVERYTHING.
I think he meant the word busy in its true sense .
n.meera raghavendra rao