Classical Usage: Nick’s not a drinker, but in Chapter II he hits the bottle pretty hard at Tom and Myrtle’s NY hide-away. The entire event has an eerie, uncomfortable feel. Even the decor, and Mr. McKee and his “artistic game” that created it, give an ominous edge to Nick’s afternoon. I gathered later that he was a photographer and had made the dim enlargement of Mrs. Wilson’s mother which hovered like and ectoplasm on the wall.
Classically Mad Usage: There’s no use denying it, I’ve always associated this word with disgusting amounts of green goo. I suppose I’ll have to strip it of its Nickelodeon hue before reintroducing it into my vocabulary.