What is a duffleflucker? Nobody warned me; men can’t multi-task!

posted March 8th, 2008 by Janet Graham - 5 Comments

I coined this term last Christmas. I felt like I was running around doing 8 million things every day and my husband (who has one person on his list for whom to shop) let me know he didn’t care for Christmas; it was so stressful!! So many things to do, so many people to keep happy, so many gifts to buy (and no idea what to buy!) And I lost it!! I told him he might start by paying attention to what people seem to like and buying it for them. I promised they would be blown away by the thoughtfulness, whether the gift was perfect or not. But I digress! And I really blew it when I asked him to run a couple of errands for me. His eyes went blank, his faced drained of colour and he was distressed to think I would pressure him at a stressful time like Christmas. He left the house list in hand and returned proud as punch he had run several errands, although he had done not one of the errands I had passed along to him. In fact, he had decided his time was too valuable to spend in a line up returning items to the hardware store and found a local dumpster where he deposited everything. And he assured me with eyes cast down, he had looked after the returns allright!!

I raised the matter at a dinner party a few nights later and a friend laughed and said her husband was exactly the same. If she gives him a list with five items on it, he returns to the house (like a homing pigeon) after each item is completed before he can start on the next item on the list. Regardless of whether, item 1 and item 2 require him to visit two stores, one next to the other. And it became clear to me, men simply cannot multi-task and in that moment I coined the word “duffleflucker”, which in polite parlance means a person who goes through life doing one thing at a time. You can play with the letters and add a few more and come up with the real meaning, which I am too polite to share, in this my first posting.

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5 Responses to “What is a duffleflucker? Nobody warned me; men can’t multi-task!”

Comment from Points To Ponder
Time March 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm

I laughed so hard when I read this, well done and very accurate.

Comment from Shopaholic
Time March 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm

So true – brilliant!!!

Comment from Anonymous
Time March 9, 2008 at 11:02 am

This is not fair…at our Book club we are able to discuss the merits of the book and drink wine at the same time. That is multi-tasking!

Comment from Anonymous
Time March 4, 2009 at 6:44 pm

It is not that men can’t do more, it is an act of resistance and a way to avoid having to do more.

Comment from Shelly
Time August 5, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Oh my God Janet — this is SCREAMINGLY hilarious! I laughed the whole way through. More of this please!!! Erma Bombeck reincarnate!

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