Sunday, 19 January 2014
Sunday Rest: lurid. Word Not To Use Today.
Photo by Graham Horn
Not only does this word sound as if someone has stirred glue into it, but it's a contranym. Yes, I know these are usually adorable, but this one...just isn't.
It means pallid or wan, but confusingly it also means glowing with an unnatural glare.
You quite often have to stop for a moment to work out what's happening when you come across a contranym, but with this word I can't see that there's any way you can work it out. Is the poor invalid flushed with fever or deathly pale? The l word certainly won't tell you.
L**** (I really can't bear to type it) can also describe a shockingly horrid story, or something my Collins dictionary thrillingly describes as "horrible in savagery or violence."
Anyway, it's thoroughly nasty. To be shunned.
So there you are: that's more than enough l**** details about l****, so I'm off.
Sunday Rest: l****. This word comes from the Latin lūridus, which means pale yellow.