I've just got round to reading CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller. On page eighteen I've come across this:
...that patriotic Texan with his infundibuliform jowls and lumpy, rumpleheaded, indestructible smile that cracked forever across the front of his face like a black ten-gallon hat.
CATCH-22 is by almost all accounts a very good book (I haven't yet got far enough into it to judge for myself) but I'm afraid that infundibuliform really does annoy me.
Yes, it may be one of Heller's characters showing off his knowledge, or his bitterness, or his obsessiveness, but I can't help but feel I'm being patronised, here.
So, what does infundibuliform mean?
No idea. Hang on, I'll look it up...
...here we are. Having the shape of a funnel.
Jowls, in the shape of a funnel?
But you can't have...
Well, never mind that, perhaps I'm missing something. It's a horrible horrible word.
And really very few funnel-shaped things deserve it.
Word Not To Use Today: infundibuliform. This word comes from the Latin infundere, to pour in, on, or out, from the Latin forma, a shape or likeness.