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Pronunciation: bah-NO-sik

Definition: merely mechanical, routine.


Coined in 1845, this suppressing adjective stems from the Greek banausikos which used to represent anything pertaining to mechanics. The related banausos represented an artisan, a craftsman whose work is nothing but mechanical, consecutively- these craftsmen were base and ignoble, easily replaced.

Why this word?

Some words are here to remind us of what it is that we are not interested in. there are many craftsmen, carpenters, tanners, blacksmiths and others whose work is appreciated and who appreciate their work. Although following the dry definition of the word, all of the above could easily be called banausic, the pragmatic halo to this adjective would not allow for that.

Banausic is the negative sense to mechanical, representing people whose line of occupation does not require thought or creativity. Workers who can be replaced by machines or any other worker.

Personally, this adjective fills me with fear and raises anxiety all the way up to my ears.

How to use banausic?

This word in an adjective pertaining to individuals in specific lines of occupation, in a negative way.

John’s banausic doings drove him crazy; last week he decided to never go back to that office again”

“She felt pure contempt for all banausic occupations to the extent of disregarding the individuals behind it”. 


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Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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