- n. Plural form of carbuncle.
“In a speech last month, Prince Charles, an outspoken architecture critic, called many of the new buildings "carbuncles" that will leave London with a "pockmarked" skyline.”
“Sores, boils, impetigo and carbuncles are frequent.”
“But this broad, green landscape is, thankfully, large enough to swallow up the carbuncles of giant factory and garish theme park.”
“And if I must live with pain, I am determined it will not hinder my output, nor distort it: Not for me the example of Karl Marx who wrote Das Kapital in the British Museum, declaring "The world will pay for my carbuncles.”
“His dysfunction had physical manifestations; throughout adulthood he suffered from numerous ailments, including debilitating carbuncles that flared up whenever the pressure to produce intensified.”
“But when primed with different prompts about the once-diligent attendee (monopolizing the same seat number, always there between opening and closing time, heavily bearded, suffering from carbuncles, tending to lunch in the Museum Tavern, very much interested in works on political economy), he let the fount of memory be unsealed.”
“That would appear to mean that Marxism and capitalism are symbiotic, and that neither can expect to outlive the other, which is not quite what the prophet intended when he sat all those arduous days in that library in Bloomsbury, and swore hotly to Engels, “I hope the bourgeoisie will remember my carbuncles until their dying day.””
“He talks to proprietors, examines the fresher, blueish-white cloudy carbuncles selling for $1.45 per pound and the ashier, aging ones, a few hours older, discounted to sell quickly for $1.18 per pound before they get slimy.”
“Even the distinction between malignant and nonmalignant tumors likely escaped Hippocrates: his karkinos included every conceivable form of swelling—nodes, carbuncles, polyps, protrusions, tubercles, pustules, and glands—lumps lumped indiscriminately into the same category of pathology.”
“I patted Bernice on one of her elbow carbuncles, and we went inside.”
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From the invaluable reference work "Pope-Pourri" by John Dollison.
(published in 1994 by Fireside Press, available here , or from one of the sellers listed there)
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