I have a lack of imagination.
The party was bonkers, for lack of a better word.
I was having a discussion with a friend and some of the points raised were:
- In the second sentence, "for lack of a better word" is an object complement.
- There are two ways in which "lack" can be used. Either as a noun or a verb. In case (1) the noun form of the word is used.
- It's not "for a lack of a better word" and just "for lack of a better word" because "for" already implies an indefinite article.
I wasn't very satisfied with this argument so I posit two questions:
- Why is there no "a" before "lack" in "for lack of a better word" (or any similar phrases for that matter ex. for lack of trying, for want....)
- Are discussion points 1 and 3 correct? i.e. "for lack of a better word" is an object complement and that it lacks a definite article because "for" already implies it.