Posted by Bob on March 22, 2000
In Reply to: Ne're-do-well posted by Barny on March 18, 2000
: : The term "ne're-do-well" is a contraction of "never do well".
: : The term is used to describe a person with perceived negative aspects.
: Or, to use the vernacular, a 'bum'.
but spelled ne'er-do-well