The ugly duckling that grew up to be a beautiful word. It’s hard to say, it’s ugly to look at, and anyone who uses it is instantly declared a pretentious cock. And such a useful word for pretentious, ivory tower cocks such as myself! It just floats off the tip of the tongue like a bratwurst drowning in sauerkraut.
For you uneducated people who don’t even know what it means, here is the definition (scoffs):
adj. — serving as a substitute; synthetic;
For example–to use a situation people like YOU might be familiar with–if you were to stack all the empty Natural Ice bottles in your dorm room, and then sit on them to watch an episode of whatever braindead car chase reality show is popular on television these days, you would be sitting on an ersatz chair.
Or say you have sex with a girl who is too drunk to refuse your advances. This is what you and your frat boy friends call ersatz consent. Then when the university looks the other way and let’s you off with a warning, while the young lady you had your way with is forced to transfer to another school out of public humiliation, that’s what we call ersatz justice.
Clear as day.