Before reading this be sure to remove all children below High School age from proximity to the monitor or screen.
From a reader comes this troubling note:
I had to share this with you, seeing as you seem to enjoy finding "ineffables" lying around.
On October 10th, I took the SAT at the Catholic highschool down the road. In both the SAT I took on that day, and one of the practice tests I had taken beforehand, there was an "ineffable" sighting! In a standard, generalized test taken by your run-of-the-mill highschool student!!!
I have always felt insulted every time the media, or others who know better, water it down for all of us poor, everyday simpletons who then go out and find it in a standardized public test, so I got a kick out of finding out that this word can be found in the SAT!
Here is one of the sightings, the excerpt (part of a reading section) from my practice booklet (emphasis mine) [That is, the writer’s…]:
"43 When human flight suddenly went from fantasy to reality, the great French aviator Louis Bleriot, exclaimed, ‘the most beautiful dream that has haunted the heart of men since Icarus is today reality.’ Perhaps the reality has been too vexing, too powerful for artists to capture. Perhaps the limitations of the artist’s imagination have been confronted with the ineffable. Perhaps the experience of flight itself is so overwhelming that it simply cannot be portrayed suitably on canvas or on film."
How vexing to find vocabulary like unto "ineffable" in a standarized text for High School students.
How inexpressibly cruel… how unspeakably mean-spirited.