[Ads-l] siftless

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Mon Mar 30 01:24:35 UTC 2015

I don't see this word on the Oxford Dictionary site or in Wiktionary.

AFAIK, it's used only in expressions like "between shiftless and 
siftless in the dictionary" (meaning "shit"). Presumably it means the 
same thing as "shiftless."

I don't know that I've heard this sort of expression since hearing it in 
Alaska in the early 1980s. Google and Google Books yield no results for 
"shiftless and shiftless."

There's an unrelated meaning for "siftless" at 
http://www.definition-of.com/siftless, though I don't know if that's 
actually in use.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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