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an⋅te⋅di⋅lu⋅vi⋅an

 

–adjective

1.

of or belonging to the period before the Flood. Gen. 7, 8.

 

2.

very old, old-fashioned, or out of date; antiquated; primitive: antediluvian ideas.

–noun

3.

a person who lived before the Flood.

 

4.

a very old or old-fashioned person or thing.

Origin:
1640–50; ante- + L dīluvi(um) a flood, deluge + -an

This is a word that is not often used in everyday conversation. And really should be. It’s a useful little word, that in and of itself is the very definition of old. But how much more effective is antediluvian than just old. It also makes a cool insult. “Still using dial-up instead of high-speed? How antediluvian of you.”

Like most cool words, it’s a word that is an interesting taken apart as it is in its entirety. Ante: define  and diluvi define. It literally means what its components mean. You gotta love a word that is so self-contained.

Grammar Punk™ Sentence:

N I 5 ? Adverb | antediluvian

Write a Grammar Punk™ sentence that contains 5 words that contain the letters N and I, a question mark, an adverb and the word antediluvian.

 

With a little shriek of horror Veronica stared at her reflection in the beauty salon window; how had her hairstyle become so insidiously antediluvian?