Saturday, July 19, 2008

Word Of The Week - Tatterdemalion

tatterdemalion \tat-uhr-dih-MAYL-yuhn noun:

1. A person dressed in tattered or ragged clothing; a ruggamuffin
2. Tattered; ragged

I was expecting wild hair, clanking jewellery, a tatterdemalion velvet cape from whose folds wafted the scent of incense, a house full of candles, dream catchers, cats and bad art. David Rakoff, Fraud.

or perhaps:

So entangled were Winehouse and Doherty, posing pastily within their drug-mired embrace, that few could tell which limb belonged to whom amidst the tatterdemalion labrynth of puffy dough-boy skin, tattooed goats leg and that dry, lacquered nest of hair. Martin Puncher, Hello Magazine, 2008.