Wednesday, April 14, 2010

TATTERDEMALION, T-A-T-T-E-R-D-E-M-A-L-I-O-N, TATTERDEMALION [Our Terms]

tatterdemalion • \tatt-er-dih-MAIL-yun\ • adjective

1 : ragged or disreputable in appearance
*2 : being in a decayed state or condition : dilapidated

Example Sentence:
"What he wants to do is to get the tatterdemalion main building into shape so that it can be used as a retreat for priests and laymen, perhaps with profitable results." (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post, August 15, 2007)

Did you know?
The exact origin of "tatterdemalion" is uncertain, but it’s probably connected to either the noun "tatter" ("a torn scrap or shred") or the adjective "tattered" ("ragged" or "wearing ragged clothes"). We do know that "tatterdemalion" has been used in print since the 1600s. In its first documented use in 1608, it was used as a noun (as it still can be) to refer to a person in ragged clothing -- the type of person we might also call a ragamuffin. ("Ragamuffin," incidentally, predates "tatterdemalion" in this sense. Like "tatterdemalion," it may have been formed by combining a known word, "rag," with a fanciful ending.) Within half a dozen years of the first appearance of "tatterdemalion," it came to be used as an adjective to describe anything or anyone ragged or disreputable.

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That is one tatterdemalion boy! Steer clear, he's got issues.

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3 comments:

elizabeth said...

As she ran down the street, people were staring at her tatterdemalion clothing. (elizabeth, FIRST IN A SERIES SIX PACK)

Endoh Chiaki said...

I cannot imagine myself using this word in a casual conversation.

Sentence: He looked at me as if I was as ugly a tatterdemalion version of the statue of Liberty after 2012.

:P

(Kiss,THEY SAY IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY SWAGGERIFIC GIVEAWAY)

Emma Kate "Coops" said...

Oh this is fun! I like this word, rolls off the tongue... :P

"She gazed over the tatterdemalion landscape with a sense of heightening distrust."

Yay. I can't believe I made it work!

^ LOL at the statue of liberty!! :D

(Emma Kate, HUSH, HUSH BECCA FITZPATRICK) :)