Two Words: Crapulous & Burglarize

Two Words: Crapulous & Burglarize

Crapulous (cra-pu-lus) is a real word and means someone who is showing the effect of drinking too much alcohol.  Unfortunately, social media is full of examples of people showing drunken behavior, acting crapulously.

Crapulous is an adjective and does have synonyms such as crapulent, drunken, bibulous, or tipsy.  It can be traced back to the Latin word “crapula,” meaning intoxication.”  According to Webster’s Dictionary it first appeared in common use in the 1530’s.  it is obviously not in common use today, but a good word to know.

“I was a little too crapulous to understand what had happened at the party.”

“I was surprised to see Joey spouting crapulous nonsense about UFO’s.”

“The crapulous crowd robbed the store with no remorse.”

“Suzie went through the family fortune like a crapulous sailor.”

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Burglarize is in common use and we hear it often, especially on newscasts.  But we were surprised to learn that burglarize is not a word, and even our spell checker thinks it is real.  But for burglarize to be a word, burgle would need to be one, and there is some conflict over the word burgle.

According to Webster’s Dictionary both burgle and burglarize are real, but I believe this is from common usage not from facts.  In theory both burgle and burglarize are verbs, and essentially mean to break into an establishment to rob or steal something.  But try to use burgle in a sentence and you always seem to default to burglarize or burglarized.  Burgle is just too uncomfortable to use or fit, and if it cannot exist then burglarize must not be real by extension.  But this is my opinion.

“Timmy decided to burgle his neighbor’s house.”  It is more likely we would say “Timmy decided to rob his neighbor’s house.”

Here we can see that the word Rob fits better than Burgle, and it fits in almost every circumstance.

“John’s house was robbed.”

You can use Burgle and Burglarize and no one will correct you, but we question the true correctness of both words.