It’s a long way — by Ulf A. Fischbeck aka @rockphan, Berlin

Procrastination — a 15 letter word for an eight-letter habit

Ulf A. Fischbeck
iBerlin
Published in
4 min readMay 13, 2021

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I procrastinated the publishing of this article for over 3 months

We need buzzwords to realize something we’ve already known for centuries. One of these buzzwords I happened to stumble upon only about five years ago is procrastination.

I mean, it’s not a new phenomenon. Almost all of us must have known it for years. I’m sure most of you dear readers have experienced it. Postponing something was known to me since I was a kid. It had the same effect as it has now.

But there’s a slight, hardly noticeable difference. At the moment everybody talks about it. In every circumstance, whether it makes sense or not.

I don’t want to pretend that the psychological coaching or whatsoever industry creates such buzzwords. Certainly not, but buzzwords may make an industry.

Maybe some of you remember about 30 years ago. All of a sudden, very active kids suffered from ADD (attention deficit disorder). Later, experts added “hyperactivity.” ADHS (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) was born. And this was the origin of an ever-growing industry in the psycho-medical sector.

And now, for a while, procrastination makes the headlines. Some days ago, the idea came into my mind that the importance we attribute to an expression can be a musical question. How does the term sound? We need words that trigger our musical ear. The linguistic challenge of pronouncing them seems to make us happy.

Speak this word out loud: procrastination.

And my dear readers, this is the same in all my languages, only the pronunciation differs.

German: Prokrastination.

French: procrastination

Spanish: procrastinación

When I first discovered this term, I felt the need to pronounce it. It reminded me of the sensation when I learned a new word as a kid. And it’s still the case with unknown expressions in a foreign language. I love to hear me formulating them. I enjoy the experience of my mouth’s movements. Moving my tongue, opening my lips, maybe touching my teeth, and feeling the air caressing my palate. Try to speak procrastination very quickly. It’s a tongue twister.

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Ulf A. Fischbeck
iBerlin

Professional writer since 1985 without noticing it — Life, music, love, technology. 🖋🥁📷 Rocknrolll Shalt Rule Again, For Love and Peace in every Land!