Friday, October 28, 2011

Tatterdemalion

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. a person in tattered clothing; a shabby person

Examples:
"After enjoying a delicious dinner of brains, the zombie wandered around looking like a tatterdemalion."
"Just because you sleep in a coffin doesn't mean you get to be a tatterdemalion."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"'ragged child, person dressed in old clothes,' c.1600, probably from tatter (n.), with fantastic second element, but perhaps also suggested by Tartar, with a contemporary sense of 'vagabond, gypsy.'"

Awkwardness rating: 8

Maybe I want to be a fashionable zombie and not a tatterdemalion. (123rf.com)

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