Friday, October 28, 2011

October's style

last evening
The smell was fresh
and bitter at the same time.

October's style is complex,
her vocabulary large and the sort
people describe as ‘interesting’
—as if proud of their sophisticated taste.

The OED word of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is recherch√©, a word with an interesting etymology. 

In 1580 it meant "affected or unnatural", but by 1601 it had morphed into "desirable, prized." And then at the end of the 17th century it was "unusual, well-crafted."

So, reading this example in Merriam-Webster -- "a high-end restaurant with a particularly recherché selection of wines" -- I'm not sure if it's a compliment or an insult. Advice? Use with caution!

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