Academic Word of the Day!
Time for today’s Academic Word of the Day!
- Marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity.
- Kafkaesque bureaucracies
- Marked by surreal distortion and often a sense of impending danger.
- In the manner of something written by Franz Kafka.
Why I want to ban it: has this word ever been used by someone who has actually read Kafka’s work and wants to make a direct comparison? Maybe. (But that person is probably a douche.) Couldn’t you just say, “hm, X certainly exhibits a sense of disillusionment”? I realize that “Kafkaesque” is less words, but there’s something so smarmy about taking a last name and adding “ian” or “esque,” like you are daring the other person to not know what that is and/or seizing the opportunity to work how fucking brilliant you are into the conversation.
“Your child’s olfactory discharge is positively Pollockian!”
I’m going to jump on Kafka’s motorbike and ride off into the sunset before the naysayers get me.