Grammar Bitch Vocab: Obstreperous

Grammar Bitch is my beloved alter ego. She is equipped with a red pen and a librarian’s fierce scowl. But she’s not always grumpy. Sometimes she just wants to share a good word with you!

For when you need just the right word to describe a pop tartlet's xxx tongue.

For when you need just the right word to describe a pop tartlet’s uncomfortably insistent tongue. Image source.

Obstreperous [uh b-strep-er-uh s] adjective

  1. Resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly
  2. Noisy, clamorous, boisterous

Synonyms: Uncontrolled, refractory

Antonyms: Obedient, calm

In context:

It was, he said, a matter of indifference to him whether Germany woke up or not. It was equally distasteful to him awake or asleep. Like many an individual, it was pitiable and slightly repulsive in its sleep, loudmouthed and obstreperous in its waking hours. God knew which condition was preferable.”

(An excerpt of a 1933 diary entry by George Kennan, published in the January, 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine, under the title, “A Model Married Man.”)

This post’s song: Bravado by Lorde

On reading the definition of obstreperous for the first time, I immediately pictured wild, curly hair. Who better to represent in song the obstreperously tressed than Lorde? (Plus, I sure as hell wasn’t going to post a Miley song, despite the fact that her tongue received top photographic billing on this post. Anyway, there was that whole Miley vs. Lorde death threat thing that happened, so see? Full circle.)

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2 Responses to “Grammar Bitch Vocab: Obstreperous”

  1. bluzdude January 15, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Your post reminds me of the story of when my cousin told his young son one morning, “You’re being rather obstreperous this morning.”

    The boy answered, “No, I like milk.”

    I guess he figured it was worth a shot…

    • Kellee January 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

      I can think of no better response than milk, really. :) Kids are awesome.

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