When it’s late, and I’m writing, and I’m stuck in mid-sentence, I often procrastinate by looking words up in the dictionary or thesaurus. It’s a bad habit, since it often leads to a lot of needless verbosity on my part, as I start constructing sentences (and occasionally entire paragraphs) around whatever ten-cent word has caught my eye.

Occasionally, though, I’m just dumsquizzled by the things I find. Like “crapulent.” I always thought it was a Simpsons word, like “sacrilicious” or “embiggen,” but the American Heritage Dictionary tells me that it refers to “sickness caused by excessive eating or drinking.” You learn something new every day, I guess.

Ok, back to work.