Monday, July 21, 2008

Word of the Week #12

This week's Word of the Week is brought to you by Captain Jack Sparrow, whose use of it in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie catapulted it into my list of favorite words.

superfluous - [soo-pur-floo-uhs] - adjective

1. being more than is sufficient or required; excessive.
2. unnecessary or needless.

Tammy Fay Baker wore so much make up that one more coat of mascara was beyond superfluous.

*For those of you who may not know who that is, here's a little pic.

Here's the direct quote from the movie if you want to go running off to watch it yourself:

Murtogg: This dock is off-limits to civilians.
Jack Sparrow: I'm terribly sorry, I didn't know. If I see one, I shall inform you immediately.
[Jack makes to continue but is blocked by Murtogg and Mullroy]
Jack Sparrow: Apparently there's some sort of high-toned and fancy to-do up at the fort, eh? How could it be that two upstanding gentlemen, such as yourselves, did not merit an invitation?
Murtogg: Someone's got to make sure that this dock stays off-limits to civilians.
Jack Sparrow: It's a fine goal, to be sure. But it seems to me... that a ship like that one, makes this one here seem a bit superfluous, really.
Murtogg: Oh, the Dauntless is the power in these waters, true enough. But there's no ship as can match the Interceptor for speed.
Jack Sparrow: I've heard of one, supposed to be very fast, nigh uncatchable: The Black Pearl.

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