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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Sunday Rest: Word Not To Use Today: sphygmoid.

Yes, I know, you have more taste than to use the word sphygmoid on any occasion.

Still, for those thinking of inflicting sentences like:

The club was pounding with the sphygmoid beat.

or:

Between the rows of cheering, terrified women, the boots of the soldiers sounded sphygmoidally on the flags.

or: 

the ribs of the great ship echoed to the sphygmoid crashing of rivets being hammered home.

Just don't.

Okay?

Word Not To Use Today: sphygmoid. This is a medical word meaning resembling the pulse. Any but a strictly technical use will make you look like an idiot.

Ther word comes from the Greek word sphugmos, pulsation, from sphuzein, to throb.







1 comment:

  1. Naaah! Think I'll give this one a miss. Lovely idea but don't like either the way it sounds or the way it looks on the page Dunno why!

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