I’m terrified of clowns. Always have been. When I was little we had this weird oil painting of a clown in our basement, who knows where it came from, and when I used to sleep in the guest bed when I had friends over, I could swear it was glowing at night. At me. Leering. Causing me nightmares. And I’ve never even seen It. At some point, I mentioned it to my mom and she basically just said “Oh? That old thing?” and took it down and I have no clue where it went. Hopefully far, far away.
So I had to laugh (ok and kind of shudder!) while studying GRE vocabulary words a few weeks ago, at Kaplan’s definition of “engender.”
ENGENDER: to produce, cause, or bring about
His fear and hatred of clowns was ENGENDERED when he witnessed the death of his father at the hands of a clown.
I kid you not.
Apparently I’m not the only one with clown issues.
(direct quote from Kaplan New GRE Practice, Strategy and Review)
(also, the book misspells eulogy. Pretty much spells it like Zoolander says it.)