As a non-practicing English teacher and complete English nerd, when I run across a word that I don’t know I gleefully “look it up!” Any former student will tell you, amongst other probably not-so-nice things, that was the phrase they heard the most often.
Last night, as I hovered over my husband’s shoulder while he read something on the computer, I shouted out, “Now that’s a ten dollar word!” Then I rolled the word around in my mouth, asked him what he thought, and listened to him agree. A moment later I said, “I don’t know what that word means. Do you?” He admitted that he didn’t.
“Look it up! I want to know! Anything described as being ‘appallingly’ so has to be worth knowing!”
And he humored me.
a tendentious reading of history
And now you know a ten-dollar word, too.