Observing the ratification of the 20th amendment of the United States, on February 6, we celebrate the lame duck. So shed no tears, animal lovers, we are not talking about a cute feathery critter with an injured webbed foot. Lame Duck Day acknowledges individuals of the human kind whose tenure is timing out; rendering them ineffective for the duration.
The term traditionally applies to a political figure whose remaining time in office is limited. After an election, the winner is at her peak approval rating and she can do no wrong; everybody loves a winner. However, nearing the end of her term in office, fickle eyes look to the horizon toward a successor, and she becomes lame.
The lame term can be used to describe anyone, presently holding a position, whose time is coming to an end. For example, if your employer announces that your retirement will commence earlier than planned, your final weeks on the job will be in lame duck status. On the last lag of your journey you can spend your time basking in your successes and not bothering to do much else.
Perhaps you’re hosting a celebratory dinner to honor a beloved lame duck. However, if you’re the lame duck being hosted, just pop open a bottle of champagne, delve into a plate of succulent roasted duck and toast, what you believe to be, a very successful career.