29 October 2010

and the word is.....lush.

I love that this word describes beautifully bountiful things...or a drunkard. That's my kinda word!


lush
adjective-er, -est.
1. (of vegetation, plants, grasses, etc.) luxuriant; succulent;tender and juicy.
2. characterized by luxuriant vegetation: a lush valley.
3. characterized by luxuriousness, opulence, etc.: the lushsurroundings of his home

lush
noun
1. drunkard; alcoholic; sot.
2.intoxicating liquor.
verb (used without object)
3. to drink liquor.
verb (used with object)
4. to drink (liquor).

Word Origin & History
lush 
1440, "lax, flaccid, soft, tender," from O.Fr. lasche  "soft,succulent," from laschier  "loosen," from L.L. laxicare  "becomeshaky," related to L. laxare  "loosen," from laxus  "loose" (see lax).Sense of "luxuriant in growth" is first attested 1610; erroneouslyapplied to colors since 1744.
lush2
1890, "drunkard," from earlier (1790) slang meaning "liquor" (inphrase lush ken  "alehouse"); perhaps a humorous use of lush (adj.)or from Romany or Shelta (tinkers' jargon).

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