MEANING: noun: Something or someone remarkable in excellence, intensity, strength, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: A fanciful coinage from rip (to tear) + snorter (something extraordinary). Earliest documented use: 1840.

R.I.P. SHORTER - fictitious short obituary for a long distance runner

RIPE SNORTER - cocaine user in dire need of a bath

RIPS NORTEL - FCC complaint prior to the company filing for bankruptcy