I needed "cater" as an adjective today, and I didn't enjoy how it worked out; and not only due to the spell checked thumbing its nose at me.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/uncatered appears to indicate the word is kosher, but in the following paragraph it felt like a speed bump.

I've come to be mildly annoyed by all of them over time: they're each good for something, none is good at everything, and I still have plenty of uncatered to problems.

  • Some caterers are kosher; some aren't.
    – deadrat
    Jul 14, 2015 at 1:39
  • HA! I see what you did there, @deadrat Jul 15, 2015 at 0:57

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Here's a better way to address the need to express that.

I've come to be mildly annoyed by all of them over time: they're each good for something, none is good at everything, and I still have plenty of unaddressed problems.

Some definitions of address:

Oxford: "Think about and begin to deal with (an issue or problem): a fundamental problem has still to be addressed."

Merriam-Webster: "Direct the efforts or attention of (oneself): will address himself to the problem" or "to deal with or treat: intrigued by the chance to address important issues — I. L. Horowitz".

Cambridge: "Give attention to or deal with a matter or problem: The issue of funding has yet to be addressed."


None of the solutions about taking care of problems (or rather, not taking care of them) captures the sense of "catered" that means special, solicitous care.

I suggest that the speed bump you hit with "catered to problems" is the same one that will throw your readers -- the unfortunate attraction of the preposition "to" to the noun "problems," as in

I address my attention to problems.

With "catered to," that's not a possible parse, but it's enough to feel the bump.

I further suggest that the solution is adopt Little Eva's phrasing to place your modifier after the noun:

I still have plenty of problems [left] uncatered to.


Catering to the problems is slightly different to catering for the problems but, presuming you mean the problems are not fixed and not just not attempted, I suggest this:

and I still have plenty of unresolved problems.


Op could use the verb attend or the adjective, unattended, e.g.:

1. “I still have plenty of problems not attended to.”

2. “I still have plenty of problems left unattended.”

attend verb: 2. deal with. "he muttered that he had business to attend to"

synonyms: deal with, see to, manage, organize, sort out, handle, take care of, take charge of, take in hand, tackle. (Google)

unattended adjective: not noticed or dealt with. "her behavior went unnoticed and unattended to"

synonyms: ignored, disregarded, neglected. (Google)


"... I still have plenty of unmet needs."

"Unmet" -- not fulfilled-- seems to be used primarily in this context. It is better than "unfulfilled" for your purposes because it implies a more specific actor other than yourself. It's perhaps a perfect synonym for unaddressed, but it's less of a mouthful.

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