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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2016, 03:58:40 AM »
louche adjective \ˈlüsh\ (from French, literally 'squinting')

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For many people, the Oxford-Cambridge dichotomy is an either/or proposition, like Jack Sprat and his wife, or Harvard versus Yale, or Army versus Navy. In days gone by, plebian Londoners who had been to neither university would get into loud public disputes every year about which "eight" they favored in the annual Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race from Putney to Mortlake: one of the great "who cares?" events of any epoch. For me, the similarities outdistance the distinctions. Both towns show the unoriginality of the English when it comes to names: there used to be a ford for oxen by the Thames and there was once a place where it was possible to bridge the Cam. Both have colleges rather than a university. Both took a long time to recognize the existence of the railway, so that the station is too far from the center. Some say that Cambridge is more austere and Oxford more louche and luxurious, but could even All Souls be more exotic and languid and exclusive than the Apostles' Club or the courts of Kings and Trinity, nursery of such ripe and gorgeous plants as E.M. Forster and John Maynard Keynes, to say nothing of the coterie of Stalinist traitors from Kim Philby to Sir Anthony Blunt? ("At least Oxford spies for us," as one portly academic once put it to me, "while Cambridge seems to prefer to spy for the other side.")

— Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22 (2010)

I find that I disagree with some things Hitchens says here. For one, the delightful names that adorn some English towns. Upper Slaughter, anyone? How about Nether Wallop? The list is long, and every time I visit Britain, I discover new ones.
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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2016, 11:04:11 AM »
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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2016, 04:37:24 AM »
^ cool link xSP. 

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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2018, 08:34:46 PM »


Good call, good call.  :golfclap:
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Re: A Word for the Day
« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2018, 07:57:54 PM »


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