Some of Us Have Odd Quirks

02 Apr

vitiated – n.  spoil the quality of

Classical Usage:  Queegueg was a prince.  No, really, his dad was the king of their remote island, yet Ishmael doubts that carries much weight.  “There was excellent blood in his veins – royal stuff; though sadly vitiated, I fear, by the cannibal propensity he nourished in his untutored youth.”

Classically Mad Usage:  I believe if you use the same knife to spread both the peanut butter and the jelly for a PB&J you have vitiated one or the other.

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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Moby-Dick


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