Some words don’t fit their definition. Here’s three.
Actual definition – Of or relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life.
- the church is lovely for its bucolic setting
Proposed definition: persistent coughing sickness that leaves a person alternating between barking like a seal and speaking in Satan’s drawl.
- John’s bucolic condition terrified children during a Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows screening.
Actual definition – n. Great physical beauty and appeal
Proposed definition – The smell of something violently rotten and diseased. Ex. A dumpster of meat that’s liquefied on top of tuna carcasses.
- The pulchritude coming from the chili-eating contestants after the competition made it difficult for onlookers to offer their congratulations.
Actual definition – not easily excited to action or display of emotion; apathetic; sluggish. Self-possessed, calm, or composed.
The phlegmatic boy didn’t even act excited for his birthday party.
Proposed definition – someone who’s constantly blowing their nose.
- One might mistake Mike for an alcoholic with his rough, reddened nose. However, he was merely phlegmatic – sporting a nose like Rudolf’s from the friction caused by blowing his nose 80 times a day.