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 – Abnormous

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Abnormous (adj) (rare)

ab-nor-mus

Originally meant irregular, misshapen, but has come to mean overly enormous. Mainly US American use.

Earliest use of this is 1747 by bookseller Edmund Curll, thought to be from classic Latin abnormis.

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Word of the Day – Hooligan

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Hooligan (noun)

hoo-li-gun

A violent young trouble maker, often the member of a gang.

Fascinating etymology, hooligan comes from the Irish surname Houlihan. In the 1890s and through to the turn of the century, Irishman Patrick Hoolihan and his family ran riot in London to such an extent that their name became synonymous with disruptive and thuggish behaviour.

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