Up yours, Willy Shakes . . .
Recently, whilst reading a column about last week’s Major League Baseball trade deadline, the Evil thought he’d caught the column’s author misusing the word “insipid”—or, if not misusing, then streeeeeetching its definition to suit his (surely nefarious) purposes. But, being the good sporting type, the Evil perused the dictionary to see if there is perhaps a secondary definition of insipid of which he wasn’t aware.
There isn’t. Screw that columnist.
But that’s not important. Here’s the point: whenever the Evil finds himself reading a dictionary entry, he most enjoys the word origin section. And in the case of insipid?
“Early 17th cent.: from French insipide or late Latin insipidus, from in- ‘not’ + sapidus (see SAPID).”
Whoa—hold up there. “See SAPID?”
Say what? “Sapid?”
Now. The Evil doesn’t claim a Shakespearean vocab—the Bard is said to have used over 21,000 different words in his plays and poems. Though that has never struck the Evil as especially relevant, since Willy is also said to have made up around 1,500 words. That would be like the Evil claiming to know of more planets than you because of the 17 between Mercury and Venus only he can see.
So screw Shakespeare, too.
But that’s not important, either. What’s important is that the Evil, while not possessed of an immense vocabulary of made-up words, knows a thing or two about the English language. And he had never, not ever, heard of this word “sapid.”
However, in the spirit of learning something new every day, the Evil dutifully saw “sapid”. And he quotes:
“Sapid (adj.): Having a strong, pleasant taste.”
So basically it’s a synonym for delicious, scrumptous, tonguegasmic . . . and one could even say the Evil is sapid . . .
Could, that is, if “sapid” was not a totally bullshit word slipped in by the Merriam-Webster/Oxford/Illuminati language-control cartel. Seriously: have any of you, any one of you, EVER heard, read, or used the word “sapid”? Evil thinks not.
Not even in Shakespeare.
But hey, the Evil is game–if we’re just slinging around made-up words, how about, hmm . . .
“Scarfyucism (noun): An abscess of the soul caused by being lied to by the dictionary people.”
“Arquidian (adj.): Of or relating to red, blind rage aimed at the purveyors of bullshit words.”
How ya like that, Webster?
“Sapid” . . . Jesus . . .