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Sudafed

adjective; zero derivation
Describing a written piece lacking coherence or containing nonsensical or absurd ideas. Disjointed, incoherent, nonsensical, absurd. This word was first used during a particularly bad cold outbreak to describe papers written while the writer was under the influence of Sudafed, which often turned out to be comically absurd. The term was later generalized to include any type of written piece having the characteristic absurdity of things written while taking Sudafed. Most students in the class were familiar with the difficulties of writing while taking this medication. The word ‘Sudafed’ used as an adjective was also a convenient and concise way to describe the writing, since it contains within a single word the meanings of a number of different other adjectives.
 
This is such a Sudafed paper.
Etymology : zero-derivation, formed from the noun ‘Sudafed,’ a brand of decongestant medication.
Source : frequently heard in English class
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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