Ὁ δὲ ἄκαιρος τοιοῦτός τις, οἷος ἀσχολουμένῳ προσελθὼν ἀνακοινοῦσθαι. καὶ πρὸς τὴν αὑτοῦ ἐρωμένην κωμάζειν πυρέττουσαν. καὶ δίκην ὠφληκότα ἐγγύης προσελθὼν κελεῦσαι αὑτὸν ἀναδέξασθαι. καὶ μαρτυρήσων παρεῖναι τοῦ πράγματος ἤδη κεκριμένου. καὶ κεκλημένος εἰς γάμους τοῦ γυναικείου γένους κατηγορεῖν. καὶ ἐκ μακρᾶς ὁδοῦ ἥκοντα ἄρτι παρακαλεῖν εἰς περίπατον.
(Theophrastus, Char. 12.1-7)

The man with bad timing is the sort who goes up to someone who is busy and asks his advice. He sings love songs to his girlfriend when she has a fever. He goes up to a man who has just had to forfeit a security deposit in court and asks him to stand bail for him. He shows up to give testimony after the case has already been decided. If he’s a guest at a wedding, he launches into a tirade against women. When a man has just returned from a long journey, he invites him to go for a walk. (tr. Jeffrey Rusten)

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