Sunday, January 2, 2000

horripilant

The word of the day is horripilant. While it looks as though it means horrifying, it does not. It means exasperating, aggravating, irritating.
  • Il n'y a rien de plus horripilant que d'essayer d'obtenir des informations vitales d'un Turc qui ne parle pas avec ses mains ; les mots coulent vers vous, vos oreilles se désespèrent de tant de non-compréhension, sans qu'il lui vienne à l'esprit que quelques gestes suffiraient.
There is nothing more exasperating than trying to get information from a Turk who does not use gestures while speaking; the words flow toward you, your ears despair from non-comprehension, without the idea ever coming to him that a few gestures would suffice.

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