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:

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!


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