Thanks a heap, Merriam-Webster
A colleague has forwarded the sentence that Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day feature saw fit yesterday to illustrate the word feckless (weak, ineffective, worthless, irresponsible):
Although Trevor was admired by his colleagues at the newspaper, he turned out to be a feckless reporter, and so he was reassigned to the copy desk.
If Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day should ever consider presenting the word nebbish (a timid, meek, or ineffectual person), this illustration is available:
Though as a teenager Trevor had dreamed of wealth and power and the love of beautiful women, he was such a nebbish that the only career open to him was lexicography.
(Messrs. Sheidlower and Barrett and Ms. McKean, don’t your colleagues know better than to mess with the copy desk?)