I must admit that it doesn't help that drupe sounds the same as droop, but the main reason why this word should never be used outside a laboratory is that it's a truly dismal way to describe something as luscious as a peach, plum or cherry.
photo by Teodoro S Gruhl.
I suppose it could be worse, though - and in fact sometimes it is. Some poor fruits, such as blackberries and raspberries, are known scientifically as drupelets.
On the other hand, the walnut is a drupacious nut.
Photo by Andrew McMillan
And you know something? I feel quite sure that now I'm aware of that then every walnut I eat will taste all the nuttier.
Word Not To Use Today: drupe. This word comes from the Latin druppa, which means wrinkled overripe olive.
And, hey, you know something? I think I used to know her.