Meanwhile, never one to ignore a suspicion of foul play, he steps out of vice and into murder when he goes against his relentlessly carnaptious
boss and looks deeper into an apparent suicide.
She basically has to put up with this carnaptious
old curmudgeon and bats away all his wee foibles with appropriate put-downs.
To borrow a Scots word that Young himself uses in the introduction, Young is a carnaptious
historian and writer, that is, a quarrelsome man.
Responses to a searching point can range across the polite spectrum from, "I think you'll find dear boy Long Run was racing off a mark of 158, not 159, when third to Little Josh in the Paddy Power Gold Cup" to the more carnaptious
"Yer talkin' a load of bollocks".
I'm one of the most mild-mannered people you'll meet but I've been called carnaptious
Kenny by the media.
Not to mention an endearingly carnaptious
detective who makes Mark McManus's Taggart look chipper.
Of course, he can be a carnaptious
and infuriating little sod and there are times when he seems to think the entire world is on his case but I can't think of a football manager who doesn't have a persecution complex.
He's a carnaptious
old so-and-so who lightens up in company.
They missed carnaptious
, but I'll settle for four compliments out of five.