Whenever you read something Conrad Black penned, it's a safe bet you'll be heading to the dictionary in the process.
Today's Globe has an account of an $11-million defamation suit being brought by Connie against Tom Bower, author of Conrad & Lady Black, Dancing on the Edge.
Lord Conrad of Crossharbour claims the book defames him and also does a real job on his wife, Barbara Amiel who, according to the Statement of Claim, is depicted as, "grasping, hectoring, slatternly, extravagant, shrill and a harridan."
Okay, so what's a harridan? Well one dictionary defines it as a "fierce, ill-tempered woman who is always scolding and disapproving." Synonyms: "shrew" and "hag".
In a newspaper retort last fall, Black wrote that Bowers "key-hole, smut-mongering side-piece portrayal of my wife as a man-eating sex maniac prior to her marriage to me is disgusting."