today's wwftd is... obstupefactive
- the worthless word for the day is: obstupefactive
[L. obstupefacere, to stupefy]
obs. rare : obstructing the mental powers; stupifying
"Readers today are also asked to contribute in another
way, by tracking down a long list of quotations that the
OED incorporated from Samuel Johnson's 18th century
dictionary but which have not been found and checked in
their original context. Heading the OED's "Appeals List"
is this, purportedly penned by Archbishop Abbot, about
1633: "The force of it is obstupefactive, and no other.""
- Steve King, salon.com Apr 19, 2002
"The force of it [sc. an hearbe] is obstupefactive, and
- George Abbot, A briefe description of the whole worlde
[as from OED DRAFT REVISION Dec. 2008]