Word of the Day: Outlandish
Monday, February 03, 2020
Word of the Day from Merriam Webster Dictionary, Jan 23, 2020
1: of or relating to another country: foreign
2: a) strikingly out of the ordinary: bizarre
b) exceeding proper or reasonable limits or standards
3: remote from civilization
DID YOU KNOW?
In olden times, English speakers used the phrase "outlandish man" to refer to a foreigner—or, one who came from an outland, which originally meant "a foreign land." From here, outlandish broadened in usage from a word meaning "from another land" to one describing something unfamiliar or strange. Dress was a common early target for the adjective; English novelist Henry Fielding, in Tom Jones (1749), writes of a woman who was "drest in one of your outlandish Garments." Nowadays, the word can be applied to anything that strikes us as out of the ordinary, from bizarre conspiracy theories to exaggerated boasting.