Apoplexy and Apoplectic

December 12, 2008

Apoplexy – n. (pl. -ies) 1 dated unconsciousness or incapacity resulting from a cerbral haemorrhage or stroke. 2 informal inability to act or speak caused by extreme anger.

Apoplectic  – adj. 1. informal overcome with anger  2. dated relating to or denoting apoplexy (stroke)

This is the quite the combo of words here.  They will make you sound like an expert whether you’re talking about strokes or about getting really angry.

The Wikipedia entry contains an interesting subsection listing famous people who have died as a result of apoplexy.  That’s an odd section to have, eh?

There is an awesome website called Apoplectic Press which, in its own words, is a place to get “strange and subversive  t-shirts and greeting cards for thinkers, dreamers and other misfits.”  Here are some samples:

baby-gasmask-300unibrowsapoplectic-press

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