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. . . and don’t even get me started on the shoe closet!

12 Apr

miasma – n. a highly unpleasant, unhealthy smell, vapor, or atmosphere

Classical Usage:  While trying to convince us that Ahab could, in fact, relocate Moby-Dick to exact his revenge, Ishmael tells us of a man who harpooned a whale, then set about on an exhibition to Africa where he encountered, “serpents, savages, tigers, poisonous miasmas, with all the other common perils incident to wandering in the heart of unknown regions” before returning to vanquish his whale.

Classically Mad Usage:  Oh, the miasmas in my home!  Have you ever walked first thing in the morning into a room shared by 19-month-old twins after feeding them burritos the previous evening?  I might be willing to take my chances in the heart of the African jungle.*

*I acknowledge this breaking of my own ban, and sincerely apologize.  But for goodness sake, the word was miasma, what was I suppose to do?

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2 Comments

Posted by on April 12, 2012 in Moby-Dick

 

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2 responses to “. . . and don’t even get me started on the shoe closet!

  1. Jeannette

    April 12, 2012 at 7:23 am

    If you didn’t want to break your ban while using miasma frequently in conversation, you could perhaps take it into the emotional/psycological realm as in “unhealthy atmosphere.”

     

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