Posted by Bob on December 16, 2002
In Reply to: Cartographically Dyslectic posted by Kathy O'Brien on December 16, 2002
: I'm having an argument with my American husband about the expression
"Cartographically Dyslectic" (meaning, of course, the male species
inability to follow directions). He swears it's an American expression
in common usage whereas I believe it was coined by the expatriated
British labour activist/poet Michael Aidan (famed for the observation:
"If tradition is the only reason for doing something, there is no
reason to do it").
: Can anybody enlighten ONE of us?
: Kathy O'Brien
I'm as up for a good leg-pull as the next guy, but .... no, it's not really in common usage. It's almost a useful phrase, though, except for two flaws: it's "dyslexic," not "dyslectic" ... and the problem is not dyslexia-related. That is to say, members of our testosterone-challenged gender are indeed ABLE to read the maps - we simply refuse to open them. We know HOW to ask for directions - we're just biologically, genetically, incapable of asking. So a better term might zero in on the root causes. Perhaps cartophobic, or eastwestavoidant, or signpost-blind. "I know we're going the wrong way, but we're making good time."