Defamed, characterized as undesirable and tainted, our poor Word of the Week is one of those negative words that no one wants to claim.
STIGMATIZED, v., (past tense), to accuse or condemn openly or formally; brand as disgraceful.
Ouch! You certainly don't want to be ostracized from your peers by attaining that label, that's for sure. The houseboats of Seattle had earned that reputation early on, but have since regained quite a reputation. Seattle's Lake Washington and Lake Union are lined with these pricey residences. The houseboat used in the sweet and popular movie Sleepless in Seattle only confirmed their fame and put the high-end houseboats on many a lake-cruise tour itinerary.
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