The Word of the Day for Saturday, June 4, 2011, is foist and very well known to me. Now, “Foist, comes from a phrase in the Dutch dialect, ‘vuisten’, itself derived from ‘vuist’, "fist," in reference to concealing dice in one's hand during some game.”
Thus it is no surprise to find that in English it means:
1. To force upon or impose fraudulently or unjustifiably.
2. To bring, put, or introduce surreptitiously or fraudulently.
I guess that while many of us wouldn’t openly try and cheat others, yet often we try and foist our responsibilities on to others when it is not really their business or concern. Yet we still do, or try to do it don’t we? Which we know deep down is not quite right, don’t we?
So remember the next time that you try and foist something on to others, whether family, friend, work mates or complete strangers, that this action of yours, by its very nature, is, even if not illegal, is certainly fraudulent and unjustified, and thus morally wrong anyway. So, as you would not like anyone foisting something off onto you, please don’t do the same unto others either, please. And thereth endeth today’s lesson.