The Addictionary of Oxford English: Horror

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Horror


NOUN

1 [mass noun] An intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust.

“I looked on in horror as he applied ketchup to his chips. Ketchup, of all things! There was a perfectly fine bottle of malt vinegar right next to him!” – Oxford English

2 [count noun]  A thing causing a feeling of horror.

“I’ve seen innumerable horrors in my life, but none so awful as watching an Englishman lose to a Frenchman at Wimbledon.” – Oxford English

3 [as modifier] A literary or film genre concerned with arousing feelings of horror.

“The Body Snatcher was my first horror film. As a young, impressionable fellow – and a fine specimen of a human being, if I may blow my own trombone – I began to wonder if, one day, I, too, be taken by the body snatchers.” Oxford English


Horror Quotes about Oxford English

“Oxford and I were quite the little horrors growing up. We were always creating trouble for the nuns. Waking up in the middle of the night, putting laxatives in the puddings, carving the initials of our enemies into the church pews. You know. Kid stuff. So one night, I wake him up to see if he wants to flood the third floor toilets with me. Well, what a clanger that was. He shot straight up in bed, screamed ‘BODY SNATCHER’ at the top of his lungs, and stabbed me in the hand with a pencil. Still got a bit of a scar.” Barnaby Tottenham (Sad Orphan #90)

“When we were married, he’d drag me to every horror film in the country. I’d say, ‘Oxford, please, can’t we see a rom-com instead? You know I like those Bridget Jones movies.’ Well, he HATED Bridget Jones, because no proper English film would ever star an American. ‘Pish posh, Olivia!’ He’d say. ‘We’re seeing the Woman in Black because Daniel Radcliffe is a proper English lad.’ Guess how many times we went to see that move? D’you wanna guess? FIVE times in the regular cinema, and THIRTEEN once it went to the dodgy discount one in Hackney. No upstanding woman should ever be forced to go to Hackney!” Olivia English (Ex-Wife #51)

“Oxford and I used to volunteer for those touristy Jack the Ripper walks they do in Whitechapel. Everything went all right for a few weeks, and I told him, ‘Oxford, I know how you like your horror. How you like having the trousers scared off of you, but not everybody’s like that. Don’t get too carried away.’ Well, you know Oxford. Takes everything too far. So he takes them down to the basement of this old pub his mate owns, yeah? Saying it’s where Jack used to bring the strumpets before he flayed ’em alive. ‘Course it wasn’t’; it was just some dirty cellar. But he tells them to go down and wait, and jumps out a few minutes later in full Jack the Ripper garb and starts swinging at ’em with an unsharpened machete. Little did he know, the reigning MMA champion of California was in that group. Knocked Oxford’s lights straight out, he did. You’d think that’d put him off horror forever, but no. Not Oxford. He just can’t get enough of it.” – Henry Cummings-Wilde (Jack the Ripper Impersonator and Generally Creepy Bloke)


Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin horror, from horrere ‘tremble, shudder’ (see horrid).


Pronunciation

horror /ˈhɒrə/


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