Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Citations for unputdownable
Have just finished reading Command Decision… I found it absolutely (or almost) unputdownable and at the same time as complete a waste of time as one of Gardner's Perry Mason stories, which I also find unputdownable.
They're claims couched in quote marks, homes for words you might never hear otherwise -- like compelling, or luminous, or unputdownable. Heck, at least three books have reportedly inspired celebrated memoirist Frank McCourt to say "you'll claw yourself with pleasure."
Origin of unputdownable
Unputdownable, as a term used to describe books, entered English in the 1930s. However, earlier senses based on the verb phrase put down meaning "criticize" or "suppress" appeared in English as early as the mid-1800s.