A friend and fellow inmate here at the nuthouse learned that I am in search of special words, so she donated this special word for me from her readings. Even though she could not find the precise sentence it came from, the word was so spectacular that I have to share it with you despite the fact that it did not come from my own reading. Afteryou see this under-used but underused word, you will agree that it is a very very worthy word for the day, desite the fact that it is breaking my rules.
This word came from Swann’s Way: In Search of Lost Time, Volume I by Marcel Proust (Moncrieff & Kilmartin translation).
Crapulous (kra-pyu-lus) [Origin: late Latin crapulosus from Latin crapula intoxication, from Greek kraipalE]
- marked by intemperance especially in eating of drinking.
- sick from excessive indulgence in liquor.
Usage: But to suppose that she went to bad houses, that she abandoned herself to orgies with other women, that she led the crapulous existence of the most abject, the most contemptible of mortals–would be an insane wandering of the mind, for the realisation of which, thank heaven, the chrysanthemums that he could imagine, the daily cups of tea, the virtuous indignation left neither time nor place.