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craptacular

adjective; blending and clipping
Deplorable, pitiful. The speaker wanted to sarcastically describe the sloppy work of his father. The blending and clipping of crappy and spectacular present irony to the sentence. It is used to juxtapose someone’s honorable (spectacular) effort with the shoddy (crappy) results. This word can be used stingingly to mock one’s great effort by commenting on the shabby quality. As a result, the speaker expresses sardonic disdain for a shabby job. Craptacular is used as an indirect insult because crappy would be a very harsh, blunt remark to make especially to one’s father. Bart uses craptacular to avoid the stigma associated with the word crappy in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. Because p and t are both stops and relatively close to each other with regards to the place of articulation, it would be plausible to place the p and the t together to make the sound in craptacular. The negative connotation and pejoration of crap, which used to simply mean poop, reinforces the speaker’s harsh rebuke of his father’s holiday lighting talents. In using this word, the speaker is able to insult his father in a novel, clever way.
 
After looking at his father’s horrible attempt at putting up the Christmas lights, Bart Simpson looks at the holiday lights outside the house and comments, “It’s craptacular.”
Etymology : Clipping/Blend of Latin crap(py) + (spec)tacular
Source : An episode of The Simpsons
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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