I was reading a book that described someone's voice as husky - actually it read "husky English accent" which was confusing to me, but anyway - I began thinking about the word.
If someone has a husky voice, that's usually a good thing. (Unless they are suffering from Bogart Bacall Syndrome)
If someone has a husky body, that's usually bad. (And no one wants to admit to wearing Husky jeans)
If someone has a husky dog, then a lot depends on whether the person has bothered to train the dog. (But they do have pretty eyes and I'm always interested in the Iditerod.)
The different meanings / nuances of a word is fascinating to me.
I have a mini-gig naming makeup and I was trying to come up with a catchy word for a specific blush. I was focusing on blushing, love's first blush, flush, full flush...
And then I looked at Flush from a different angle and decided maybe it wound't be something a lady would want to put on her face...
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Bogart-Bacall Syndrome -- nice. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve?ReplyDelete
Aah, I'm glad you caught that.ReplyDelete
My blog is suspicious of you, apparently. It keeps putting your comments to be moderated. You look shifty, I guess.
Where it gets even more interesting is if you consider the root word: husk. It means an outer layer or membrane, which seems completely incongruous with the definitions of husky. I think it's one of those words that was rather randomly used to describe things in English that there were no other existing words to describe.ReplyDelete
Good point. I can't even figure out how to apply husk to husky.ReplyDelete
Here's an interesting tidbit, did you know the word bored did not exist before the 1700s. At least according to the consumerism book I'm reading. Apparently, with consumerism comes boredom.