Word of the Day – Louche

By January 11, 2017Word of the Day

Louche (adj)

loo-sh

Disreputable or sordid in a rakish or appealing way.

Originating from early 19th century French, louche literally translates to squinting.

Example sentences

“Fresh of face and louche of manner, they are equal parts Dickensian urchins and Wildean dandies.”

“Louche he may be but I am able to resist his charms and see him for what he is.”

Word of the Day – Nomenclature

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Nomenclature (noun)

no-men-kla-chuh

The devising or choosing of names for things, especially in a science or other discipline. / The term or terms applied to someone or something.

Early 17th century: from French, from Latin nomenclatura, from nomen ‘name’ + clatura ‘calling, summoning’ (from calare ‘to call’).

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Word of the Day – Decalcomania

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Decalcomania (noun)

dee-kalk-o-may-nee-a

The process of transferring designs from prepared paper on to glass or porcelain.

Mid 19th century: from French décalcomanie, from décalquer ‘transfer a tracing’ + -manie ‘-mania’ (with reference to the enthusiasm for the process in the 1860s).

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