Wednesday, October 24, 2012

word of the day: suppurate

The word of the day is suppurate:

Etymology:  < classical Latin suppūrāt-, past participial stem (see -ate suffix3) of suppūrāre to fester under the surface, in post-classical Latin also to bring forth, conceive, generate (late 2nd or early 3rd cent. in Tertullian) < sup- sub- prefix + pūr- , pūs pus n. 
1.a. trans. To cause the formation of pus in or the discharge of pus from (an area of the body); to ripen (an abscess). In early use also: †to cause (material) to become pus (obs.). Now hist. and rare.b. intr. To promote or cause the formation or discharge of pus. Obs.
 2. intr. To form or discharge pus; (of an abscess) to come to a head, to ripen. In early use also: †to become pus (obs.). Also fig. 
3. intr. To exude like pus. Obs. rare.  (OED)

"This new breed of horror magazine had buckets of blood, and viscera to boot, in full-color production stills of mortified bodies stuffed into refrigerators, surveys of charred flesh, foldout posters of suppurating corpses."

 - Colson Whitehead, "A psychotronic childhood: learning from B-movies", 4 & 11 June 2012 The New Yorker

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