Xah's Belles-lettres Blog Archive 2011-10 to 2011-10

Today's Wordy English is:

recherché

Whoa! Thanks, Xah. Truly recherché beauties, the crème de la crème! Heck, they almost make homo sapiens seem like an attractive species. ☺
philosopher friend Paul Kiesow, exclaimed upon receiving photos of leggy women.
recherché = Sought out with care; choice. Hence: of rare quality, elegance, or attractiveness; peculiar and refined in kind. The word came from obsolete French “recerche”, meaning, to search, research.

Note the word origin. So, when someone sent you a photo of a exotically beautiful woman, and you exclaimed “Wow, who is she?”, then that means she's “recherché”.

A Choker Romance

Have you heard this ghost story? The guy met a ravishingly beautiful girl, slept with her, then next day, waking up, she's not moving. When he unclasped the band-styled necklace she's wearing, her head rolled off on the floor?

Moral: never date a girl who wears a chocker.

The Adventure of the German Student by Washington Irving, 1824.

And, check out on Google Map the places where the public execution by guillotine was.

PS is there a name for the style of necklace that covers around the neck? Collar-styled necklace?

Am looking for the correct word, for example: the term used among necklace merchants, fashion critics, or among Haute Couture community.

For this Halloween, thou shall read horror! My other favorite is: The Masque of the Red Death , by Edgar Allan Poe, 1842.

Remember to have a dictionary installed in your browser so you can lookup words freely. See: Online English Dictionary Tools.

Today's fun words and facts:

See: Rabbit vs Hare, Rabbit Meat Poisoning, Three-Rabits Motif, Cuniculture.

梨花淚 (Pear Blossom Tears)

Haiku: Rapacious

I posted a word-a-day on the word Rapacious. (See: Source wordy-english.blogspot.com.)

A poet, miriam dunn, composed this haiku:

picking off the meat
~ from the bones of night long dead
rapacious sunrise

Chinese Character Simplication 葉→叶

Another garbage simplication: 葉→叶

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繁體简体字优劣表; Good / Bad Simplified Chinese Characters

The Musical Qualities of Languages 📺

Writing Style: Logic and Phraseme

繁體简体字优劣表; Good / Bad Simplified Chinese Characters

Chinese Fonts Comparison; 中文字體比較

Epiphany in a Dream: Seat as Inverted Ass

Updated: 木蘭辭 (Mulan Ballad).

李敖有话说:台湾语早晚被淘汰; Li Ao on Taiwaness Dialect

Literature: Metaphysical Conceit vs Shakespeare Sonnet 130

李敖: 才女与美女如何兼备; Li Ao: Pretty Women vs Brainy Women

Poem: The Bell Tolls for Thee; 鐘為汝鳴

How to Tell the Difference Between Chinese, Japanese, Korean?

八面玲珑, 玲珑是啥?