Superior Person’s Tuesday: Lachrymatory

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Lachrymatory n. A little bottle for keeping tears in. Typically a phial of glass or pottery, with a mouth shaped to fit over the eyeball. Sometimes decorated with a picture of an eye.

I’m sure a lachrymatory would work for the Patriots’ tears of happiness, too!

On Tuesdays we offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. Be on the look out for a new edition of The Superior Person’s Complete Book of Words, now available for purchase.

Superior Person’s Tuesday: Word-Grubber

Another word for Superior Person!

Word-Grubber n. One who is particular about fine points of verbal usage and who himself uses long and unusual words in everyday speech. An eighteenth-century slang term.

Hermione is certainly particular about fine parts of verbal usage.

On Tuesdays we offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. Be on the look out for a new edition of The Superior Person’s Complete Book of Words, now available for purchase.

Superior Person’s Tuesday: Ombrophilous

"Look at the weather! I'm not feeling ombrophilous enough for this today."

OMBROPHILOUS a. Capable of withstanding heavy and continuous rain. For example, tropical vegetation.

The correct epithet for a preschool child who has been got up for the day by his mother in gumboots, a knee-length raincoat, a rain-hat, and a miniature umbrella.

“Come on Mom! I’m already ombrophilous enough!”

On Tuesdays we offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. Be on the look out for a new edition of The Superior Person’s Complete Book of Words, now available for purchase.

Superior Person’s Tuesday: Comploration

It can be true anguish or melodrama—you decide.

comploration n. Wailing and weeping together.

“Your mother coming over this Christmas, darling, for the usual comploration?”

A good synesthetic comploration can be seen in Munch's "The Scream."
A good synesthetic comploration can be seen in Munch’s “The Scream.”
However, the internal comploration of accidentally sending an incriminating text may be more iconic.
However, the internal comploration of accidentally sending an incriminating text may be more iconic.

On Tuesdays we offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. Be on the look out for a new edition of The Superior Person’s Complete Book of Words, now available for purchase.