Sunday, April 6, 2008

Word of the Day - Crapulous

My dumpster diving into turned up another gem:

crapulous - suffering the effects of gross intemperance, especially in drinking

I wouldn't call this one useless because even if your audience doesn't know what it means they'll be able to guess! They'll guess wrong, of course, but they'll still get the gist of what you're saying. Notice, too, that it's another one of those dictionary-in-hand ad hominem attack words I was talking about yesterday. Those guys really know how to tell each other off, don't they?


Electric Monk said...

It's not a "real" word, but I prefer "craptacular."

And if you want something you can find in the dictionary, how about "graticule." It sounds like you're thanking someone, but secretly you're making fun of them.

Bill Hensley said...

Graticule. Nice. Can you use it in a sentence?

Electric Monk said...

"The cartographer laid down his ruler and carefully drew out the graticule corresponding to the Tropic of Capricorn."

That's the real use of it. Again, I think it sounds more like it should be used as: "'Hey, thanks for the great corduroy sweater,' she said, with just a hint of graticule."