Thursday, March 02, 2006

Words worth a thousand words

Every once in a while, you hear a new word or phrase that is so obviously le mot juste that it is immediately absorbed into your vocabulary. Here are two recent acquisitions of mine:

- If you've ever wanted a perfect way to describe the look that comes from kids wearing sweatshirts with the hood up, or a beanie/skull cap/knit hat, and their pants around their knees, forget "gangsta". A much more evocative term, courtesy of Christina: urban gnomes. It's brilliant. I mean, compare this and that and you'll see what I mean. I'll never be able to look at these kids again without giggling.

- If you want to convey how earnest you are, appropriate use of the word sinceriously will make your sentiments perfectly clear. Again, from Christina, but not one she coined; it was generated by somebody she works with for whom English is a second language.

2 Comments:

Blogger Son1 said...

Nice word, "sinceriously."

Although! You sometimes find websites like this, too... there's nothing new under the sun, which is not to knock your wife's co-worker :-).

7:26 PM  
Anonymous jane said...

I like that word. :-)

btw, Fionna says "Happygratulations" on your new baby-boy-to-be.

it turns out that kids are also a great source of ces mots justes...

5:13 PM  

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