Dumb Words: \”Sticktoitiveness\”

It seems that a lot of people are using the word “stick-to-it-iveness”. There’s even a page for potential authors that lists “stick-to-it-iveness” as a critical trait.

As this excellent rant points out, people seem to ignore that we already have a word for that: tenacity.

Even sadder: Google reports 995 hits for sticktoitiveness, 2810 for stick-to-it-iveness, and more with various other spellings. Argh.

6 thoughts on “Dumb Words: \”Sticktoitiveness\”

  1. *sings* STICK-TO-IT-TIVITY! If you’ve got that stuff!
    STICK-TO-IT-TIVITY! Never lost a fight!
    Or however that Disney song goes…
    -m

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  2. I hadn’t realised this was part of the vernacular, I’ve been using it for about 10 years. Can anyone tell me from whence it came?

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    John C. Reply:

    Yes; it comes from Ken Blanchard’s work on Situational Leadership and, specifically, can be found on his 1989 audio cassette series, from CareerTrack Publications.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    sticktoitiveness was used frequently when I was a kid, and that was a long, long time before 1989.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    sticktoitiveness was used frequently when I was a kid, and that was a long, long time before 1989.

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