Who ya gonna call?

29 May

Classic Word of the Dayectoplasm –  n.  immaterial substance of a ghost

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.

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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in The Great Gatsby


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