Ca’canny. Deliberately limiting output at work.
Admit it, you have done this. It also means to move cautiously or proceed warily. Interestingly you can utilize both meanings at once. When you are deliberately limiting output at work, for whatever reason, you tend to proceed warily to avoid getting caught.
You see people being ca’canny every day. The young guys that collect the trolleys at the local supermarket for instance. In fact, I spent all day Sunday being ca’canny. The kids wanted grilled ham and cheese for breakfast and I just supervised from a distance, then let them play the wii all afternoon. I’m even being ca’canny now as I should be washing the dishes, something I am clearly not doing.
I can see that this could become quite a useful term. Maybe ca’canny is a word I should just start using without ever actually explaining the meaning to the family.
‘Mum can you please get me some socks!’ ‘Sorry kiddo I am a bit ca’canny right now, just look in your room.’
‘Honey can you find me the sauce?’ ‘Sorry, I’ve got a bit of ca’canny going on now. You’ll have to find it yourself.’
They don’t have to know the meaning if I completely mislead them. Yeah yeah, I know. It goes against everything I believe in to intentionally misuse a word. I guess I’ll just have to keep using the tried and true ‘in a minute’ on them instead.