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Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Little Diversion ...

Words are wonderful things, and the English language is richly descriptive. But every now and then, I stumble across something that is supposed to be serious but which makes me giggle. Like what? you ask. Well, like this, for example:

"He had fulgent smaragdine green eyes."

Fulgent means shining brightly,resplendent, dazzling. Smaragdine is defined as pertaining to emeralds, emerald-green in colour. Hmmm ok, both are proper words, but when used in the above context they just don't sound right!

And this:(from a non spanky source)
He was strapping with a scamp’s smile.

Now that did make me grin because for us spankos it probably conjures up a picture of a guy with a roguish smile getting stuck in with a nice leather belt on some deserving female bottom... when the reality of the above is simply describing a big guy with a playful smile.

Ah well. Diversion over. Back to work ...

1 comment:

  1. Nice diversion. I learned two new words, not sure I will remember them or ever use them but I've learned them nonetheless.