Tuesday, March 22, 2011

CATAWAMPTIOUSLY CHAWED UP

It's been more than a week since I first encountered it, and I'm still stuck on this phrase. It's rare that I'm surprised by a word or phrase. Sure, I encounter words I've never heard or seen in print, a smattering of letters I'm required to look up. Some of them I remember. Some drift away, the meaning returning to whatever place it inhabited before I glimpsed it.

Catawampous has always surprised me, but catawamptiously chawed up is a real treat. You can practically taste, all but feel the meaning as you say it.

Meaning: utterly defeated, badly beaten. Catawamptiously chawed up. Brilliant.

What are your favorites?

5 comments:

  1. Delicious! (Now I'll try saying it ten times. Fast.) :D

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  2. This is a word that if stumbled upon somewhere I'd say it was fake... lol
    Living and learning.

    My favorite word could be Kerfuffle. It's amusing.

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  3. Best of luck with that, Samantha. :D

    Love "kerfuffle", EEV. It was made to amuse.

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  4. That is definitely one to write down! Love it.

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  5. Right now I'm prisoner to the word "snaffle," which is British slang meaning to steal or take for oneself. Jay Kristoff told me 'bout it. :)

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