Best Word Ever: Defenestrate

I love the word defenestrate. It means, “to throw someone or something out a window.” Now, I ask you, how awesome is it that there is a word specifically for that action? Extremely, I say!

Last week I got to use the word when I told my friend Lisa, “If I get tired of you, I’ll just defenestrate you.” And my friend JD told me, “Don’t ever try to correct my bad grammar or punctuation … you will surely be defenestrated!”

There is no shortage of people I’d like to defenestrate, if only in my dreams. However, one of my pet peeves is when drivers defenestrate cigarettes or other garbage. In this case, their defenestration demonstrates a callous disregard for the environment.

If you’d like a visual, check this out – there happens to be a sculptural mural here in San Francisco called Defenestration (Brian Goggin, 1997, at 6th and Howard Streets).

I’m also reminded of two jokes I used to teach my ESL students (although I used the definition, not the actual word defenestrate):

  • What do you get when you defenestrate butter? A butterfly!
  • What do you get when you defenestrate water? A waterfall!

So, who or what would you like to defenestrate? Do you know any good defenestration jokes? 🙂

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