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Word of the Day: Outlandish

Monday, February 03, 2020

Word of the Day from Merriam Webster Dictionary, Jan 23, 2020

outlandish: adjective

Definition:
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.
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  • 1CRAZYDOG
    That word applies to lots of things going on in this ol' world of ours right now, that's for sure!
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    Thanks
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