The concept of ineptitude , from the Latin word ineptitūdo, is linked to the absence of fitness . The idea of fitness, meanwhile, refers to the capacity or the ability to do something correctly.
For example: "The ineptitude of the government to manage the economy is leading thousands of companies to bankruptcy", “The technical director already showed his ineptitude, now the club leaders must fire him and hire one more coach able ”, "I lost my mind because of my lawyer's ineptitude".
The ineptitude is usually exposed when a person He fails a task. If a man asks for a job as a cook in a restaurant but ends burning all the meals you prepare Most likely, he will be fired soon after because of his ineptitude, since a chef is expected to know how to make and serve food.
Many times, however, the non-fulfillment of an objective has to do with circumstances that go beyond the fitness of an individual. Suppose a basketball team (basketball ) He suffers the injuries of his two best players, while two other athletes refuse to train and play for lack of payment. Faced with this situation, the team faces several games with youth players, losing all those games . For some supporters, the fault lies with the coach, who is denied his ineptitude to obtain positive results. Others, on the other hand, recognize that the problems transcend the coach and for that reason they do not believe that the bad moment is linked to the lack of knowledge or skills of the tactical person in charge of the team.
There is no doubt that the term ineptitude and its adjective respect, inept, have a negative connotation. It is very difficult to imagine a situation in which someone refers to another person using this qualifier without feeling some type of anger or frustration for their lack of ability .
This does not mean that the word itself has something wrong, so to speak. In our communication we need all possible tools to express a wide range of feelings and to describe endless events; if a person does not do well his job and, worse, if for this reason we are harmed, it is not wrong to put it into words.
The problem begins when we use this adjective to insult the individual, because this can hurt their feelings. There is always a better way of saying things. For example, if we are in charge of an employee who does not exhibit any skills and does all the tasks we do wrong, unless we see some hope we must fire him; When it is time to talk to him, it is not necessary to attack him because of his ineptitude, but in any case tell him that his performance It has not been satisfactory.
If we add phrases like "I'm very sorry" or "I really regret that this has not worked", we can kindly clarify the description of the situation without hurting the person. In fact, using the term ineptitude to describe an individual indicates that we are angry with him, and this does not always happen with an employee who does not reach expectation of their employers.
In the examples above, there is talk of a politician, a football coach and his team, and precisely these figures tend to generate a feeling of passion in their followers, who put a lot of faith in them and dedicate dozens of hours a month. Each time its performance is not as expected, the disappointment It can be very deep, and so the term ineptitude to express it may appear.