| John the OFM ||01 Feb 2013 12:17 p.m. PST|
I hear it all the time on the News. Curiously, I never hear it in conversations.
It is one of those words, like "appalled" or "outraged", that are only spoken by someone who has a microphone in front of his/her face.
|Lee Brilleaux ||01 Feb 2013 12:26 p.m. PST|
I'm appalled and outraged that you should bring this up, John. I find the whole thing h -----
Oh, never mind.
| etotheipi ||01 Feb 2013 12:33 p.m. PST|
According to the OED, 1653
1653 T. Urquhart tr. Rabelais 2nd Bk. Wks. xxxiv. 219 Now (my Masters) you have heard a beginning of the horrifick history.
1744 J. Thomson Autumn in Seasons (new ed.) 165 The huge Incumbrance of horrific Woods.
1799 J. West Tale of Times I. 5 The lover of the wonderful and the admirer of the horrific.
1817 S. T. Coleridge Biographia Literaria II. xxiii. 259 To add the horrific incidents.
1856 D. Masson Three Devils in Ess. 83 The horrific plays a much less important part in human experience than it once did.
1879 G. MacDonald Sir Gibbie I. xviii. 243 A thrill of horrific wonder and delight.
| John the OFM ||01 Feb 2013 12:46 p.m. PST|
And the only time Mexican Jack Squint has a microphone in front of his face is after a bail hearing.
|richarDISNEY ||01 Feb 2013 1:04 p.m. PST|
Its in my desk dictionary
|Streitax ||01 Feb 2013 1:38 p.m. PST|
Obviously, GW has the trademark of copyright on all the good words, so they have to dredge up stuff like this to keep under budget. Could be worse, though, I'm sick of things like 'impactful player' and 'he collisioned them' and other verbifications of nouns and adjectifiers.
|kyoteblue ||01 Feb 2013 4:31 p.m. PST|
|kreoseus2 ||01 Feb 2013 4:54 p.m. PST|
I use horrific all the time. As in "that traffic was feckin horrific".
|jpattern2||01 Feb 2013 5:03 p.m. PST|
You don't hear "gobsmacked" and "flabbergasted" nearly enough on the evening news.
|jtkimmel||01 Feb 2013 5:20 p.m. PST|
I love hearing the Brit sports announcers describe a teams play as "shambolic".
|kreoseus2 ||02 Feb 2013 2:37 a.m. PST|
I thought shambolic was a male grooming product..
|Ed Mohrmann ||02 Feb 2013 5:53 a.m. PST|
Such a ginormous controversy over a mere word
|DesertScrb||02 Feb 2013 7:58 a.m. PST|
It's a perfectly cromulent word to me.
|richarDISNEY ||04 Feb 2013 8:08 a.m. PST|
Why make a kerfuffle out of this?