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My word of the day is Scabrous

What a multi-functional word! It has a beautiful variation of meaning but all interconnected.

It is from Latin and means rough. It is related to the word ‘scab’.

It is used to describe something scaly and rough to the touch with projections. Often used by gardeners to describe plants or trees.

But it has grown and flowered.

It is also used to describe something  that is difficult to deal with, as in ‘a scabrous issue’. It is knotty. Isn’t that a lovely evolution from the concrete to the conceptual? Handling something rough and scabby is scabrous.

But it gets better! It is also used to describe something that is a bit indelicate or indecent because it implies that touching something like this is a bit nasty and repulsive. As in, ‘a scabrous story’.

And it is also the name of a Star Wars character, Darth Scabrous!

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Posted November 23, 2012 by mshambainlondon in Random, Uncategorized

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