Word on the Street

Horribysmal (hor’-uh-biz’-muhl) noun. Anything related to the sport of basketball that is so apalling, so mind-bendingly terrible, that the words “horrible” and “abysmal” cannot adequately describe the wretched badness of it.

Usage example:Have you seen Steve Nash’s new haircut? He looks absolutely horribysmal.

Word history: The word was coined by Michael Rosenberg in the article “Pistons realize offense rules the NBA”. Rosenberg used it to describe Ben Wallace’s freethrow shooting. And if there’s anything in this world that’s so woeful that we have to actively change the English language just to talk about it, it’s Big Ben’s freethrow shooting.

His freethrows aren’t the only thing that’s horribysmal.


Labels: Ben Wallace / Steve Nash / Detroit Pistons / NBA / Word on the Street

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