Tuesday, January 17, 2012


This metaplastic word, submitted by Clint McInnes, is the marriage of the words "defective" and "afflicted".  "As far as I know, my maternal grandmother coined it some seventy years ago, and it's been in use in our family ever since," says Clint. "It applies to objects, systems, philosophies (or occasionally people) that, due to some flaw, just plain won't work.  If something is deflicted, the chances of it ever again [working/operating/applying to life in general] are dubious at best." Originally posted September  8, 2003)

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