Cool New Word

I always like learning new words. I was reading a news report from Reuters India on the current crisis between Hezbollah and Israel (something I do not want to get into here on this blog). I read the following passage:

Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said he would not hold negotiations before a ceasefire, scuppering Rice’s visit

Scuppering. What the heck is that? So I looked it up. To scupper means:

n.
Nautical. An opening in the side of a ship at deck level to allow water to run off.
An opening for draining off water, as from a floor or the roof of a building.

Chiefly British. To overwhelm or massacre.
To ruin or destroy: “The world oil glut combined with disastrous federal energy policies to scupper Alberta’s economy” (Christian Science Monitor).

What a cool word!

Advertisements

About Daniel

Life is grand. This is the story of a new family, a recently married couple and their honeymoon baby girl. Life throws at you some fastballs, and then some curveballs.
This entry was posted in Words. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s