Word Wednesday.



Marked by an impassive matter-of-fact manner, style, or expression.

-deadpan, adverb.

(C 1928)


1: a completely expressionless face.

2: a deadpan manner of behaviour or presentation.

(C 1930)

Transitive Verb.

To express in a deadpan manner.

-deadpanner, noun.

(C 1942)

“Cold enough,” Tristan hazarded, “to form a Bose-Einstein condensate?” “I love it when you talk dirty,” Oda said, so perfectly deadpan that I did a double take.” – The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland.


  1. DonDueed says

    I certainly wouldn’t want to try cooking anything in an alive-pan! That’s the stuff of nightmares.

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