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July 11, 2012 3:23 PM   Subscribe

There's a word that means "inflexible", "hidebound", "set in their ways", "slow to change". It's a metaphorical word similar to "ossified" or "calcified", but the metaphor related to the body and means, roughly, "paralyzed".

Am I imagining this word?
posted by dontjumplarry to Writing & Language (17 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
Rigid?
posted by mudpuppie at 3:25 PM on July 11, 2012


Sclerotic?
posted by TristanPK at 3:26 PM on July 11, 2012 [10 favorites]


Staid
posted by rhizome at 3:31 PM on July 11, 2012


stubborn
posted by katypickle at 3:33 PM on July 11, 2012


atrophied
posted by unknowncommand at 3:34 PM on July 11, 2012 [2 favorites]


Adamant?
Catonian?
Stiff-necked?
posted by DisreputableDog at 3:36 PM on July 11, 2012


Inveterate?
posted by Patbon at 3:39 PM on July 11, 2012


Flinty?
Stony?
Fossilized?
Ironbound?
Ironclad?
Rock-ribbed?
Petrified?
Obdurate?
posted by DisreputableDog at 3:39 PM on July 11, 2012


stodgy
posted by Brian B. at 3:49 PM on July 11, 2012


Recalcitrant?
posted by pdq at 3:50 PM on July 11, 2012


Torpid?
posted by likeso at 3:52 PM on July 11, 2012


Palsied?
posted by downing street memo at 4:02 PM on July 11, 2012


Thanks TristanPK!
posted by dontjumplarry at 4:02 PM on July 11, 2012


Not sure if it matters at all, but sclerotic doesn't mean paralyzed. Think hardened or stiffened.
posted by pecanpies at 5:52 PM on July 11, 2012


Stultified? "To render useless or ineffectual; cripple."
posted by katyggls at 8:41 PM on July 11, 2012


What the hell? I love this thread. Thanks for teaching me a new word.
posted by simulacra at 11:01 PM on July 11, 2012


Torpid is a good one too.
posted by Demogorgon at 1:41 PM on July 12, 2012


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