Crapshoot: (inf) anything unpredictable or risky.
Very few things.
It used to be that there were very few things we regarded as a “crapshoot.”
The statement was considered comical—referring to something that was obviously beyond our control—like whether it was going to rain or how many potato chips would actually be in our latest bag, since they had begun to steal them from us each and every time.
“It’s a crapshoot.”
It was a cynical way of gently admitting that something was out of bounds and therefore wasn’t worth the amount of hair on a worry-nut.
Then something changed.
We found ourselves somewhat comforted by our depression, relieved of the responsibility of trying to solve difficult situations, and so, as time passed, more and more often events, relationships and circumstances were dubbed “crapshoots.”
Once we had stated that this is what they were, we could roll our eyes and walk away, pretending we were victims of circumstance, or swept away by trends and attitudes which had overwhelmed us.
Below are five questions we should ask before we call something a crapshoot and walk away, giving up on it:
1. Is there anything I can do?
2. Is there anything I can get you to do?
3. Is there any obstacle I can throw in the way to impede the digression of a really bad idea?
4. Can I make fun of it until it goes away?
5. Can I go “over there somewhere” and start a countermovement to this foolishness?
If you ask all five of these questions and still end up helpless, then you may go ahead without condemnation, roll the dice and let the crapshoot begin.