Todays Word: crapehanger or crepehanger

crapehanger or crepehanger


noun: A gloomy person; a pessimist.


A crapehanger was one who hung up black bands of crape as a symbol of mourning. The word is from English crape, from French crepe, from Latin crispus (curled or wrinkled). Earliest documented use: 1921.


“‘I don’t mean to sound like a crapehanger, because I am an optimist by nature,’ said Thomas Emmel.”
William Mullen; Scientists Try for Butterfly Breakthrough; Chicago Tribune; Sep 3, 2002.

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