I remember a word which means to have two things unlevel or off-kilter. I could have sworn the word was jalopitated.

I’m aware of the word jalopy, but this does not satify the requirements of being unlevel.

Does anyone know what word I am thinking of?

  • Sorry I should of written the more accepted term coulda – johnny 5 Jan 22 '18 at 16:11
  • I'm confident that some writer at some time has used the word -- it's a clever combo of "jalopy" and "dilapidated", and would be at least partially understood by most native English readers/listeners. The sort of term that the slightly off-kilter Krebsish sidekick in a comedy might use. – Hot Licks Jan 22 '18 at 16:39
  • My car is definitely jalopidated. I shall be remembering this word for a long time. – Nigel J Jan 23 '18 at 3:44
  • From Jordan David, The Elf Directive – Book Seven of the Magi Charter (2017): "There were even large trees lining the walk which made for approaching it difficult for the law units and the jalopitated tram car." This appears to be a self-published book, which might help explain the quoted sentence's extremely awkward syntax. – Sven Yargs Jan 24 '18 at 5:22

I suspect you are thinking of dilapidated

(of a building or object) in a state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.

It matches the "oldness" of the jalopy, which even includes dilapidated in its definition.

An old car in a dilapidated condition.

Something that is dilapidated will generally look, as ou describe, "off kilter".

  • 2
    "Jalopitated" may be an new eggcorn – Yorik Jan 22 '18 at 16:17

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