10 Amazing Words Used by Moira Rose

One of the best discoveries of my 2020 summer was Schitt’s Creek. If you haven’t seen the award-winning TV show from POP, then you are missing a masterpiece. Each member of the displaced Rose family and every resident of the off-the-beaten-path town of Schitt’s Creek has their own fun quirks, but from a writing standpoint, almost nothing beats the Rose family matriarch’s use of obscure and biting words. So I’ve gathered a collection of 10 of my favorite amazing words used by Moira Rose.

Moira Rose (played by the genius Catherine O’Hara) has a way with words that spawns some of the funniest quotes and situations to ever grace television. Below are ten of the best words used by Moira and the definitions that make them so wonderful.

1. Ennui

-A feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction.-

As in “dripping with ennui.” -Moira Rose

2. Encumbered

-to weigh down, burden, impede, or hamper-

As in “emotionally encumbered.” -Moira Rose

3. Capricious

-governed by caprice: impulsive-

As in “what you did was impulsive, capricious, and melodramatic.” -Moira Rose

4. Mercurial

-characterized by rapid and unpredictable changeableness of mood-

As in “How mercurial is life.” -Moira Rose

5. Balatron

-a buffoon, one who speaks a lot of nonsense-

As in “here I get a balatron from Barnum & Bailey.”

6. Irksome


As in “Why must you be so constantly irksome?” -Moira Rose

7. Vigor

-active bodily or mental strength or force-

As in “With the vigor of a wartime radio operator.” -Moira Rose

8. Gutted


As in “I’ve been gutted. I’ve been stripped of every morsel of pleasure I’ve earned in this life.” -Moira Rose

9. Potable

-suitable for drinking-

As in “…the wine is potable.” -Moira Rose

10. Habilimented


As in “I promise to keep my husband habilimented from now on.” -Moira Rose

I’m in love with all of these words and especially the way Moira uses them. They are often so out of place in the situation or scene, but that’s what makes Moira such an amazing character. I highly recommend Schitt’s Creek to anyone willing to listen to my recommendations.

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