Monday, February 18, 2013

Word of the Day

transitive verb
Definition of SHOEHORN
1 : to force to be included or admitted
2: to force or compress into an insufficient space or period of time : squeeze

Examples of SHOEHORN1 : A parking garage has been shoehorned between the buildings.
2 : She's trying to shoehorn a year's worth of classes into a single semester.
3 : I don't know how they managed to shoehorn everyone into that little room.

Less frequent useage:
  • It is amazing how Lucy manages to shoehorn 42 references into one essay that she wrote on the fly.  
  • Well what do you know! Two days before a deadline and Lucy is furiously shoehorning incompatible paragraphs into some semblance of an essay.
  • How many times can I shoehorn some Negroponte references into this essay to appear smart?! Lucy pondered passionately.