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UMBRAGEOUS

Postby Dr. Goodword » Sun Aug 14, 2005 12:02 am

• umbrageous •

Pronunciation: êm-brey-jês • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Adjective

Meaning: 1. Affording or forming shade; shady. 2. Easily offended, likely to take offense, sensitive to insult.

Notes: Today's word is the adjective of the noun, umbrage "shade, shadow" and "offense, insult". We often hear how some who is insulted takes umbrage at the insult. How these two meanings came together is explored below in the History.

In Play: Today we will use a wedding as the setting of both the positive and negative meanings of today's Good Word: "The wedding took place under the umbrageous limbs of a giant oak in the bridegrooms backyard." How pleasant. However, "The wedding was almost called off when the bridegroom made a careless remark about the bride's mother in earshot of his umbrageous bride."

Word History: Today's Good Word was taken from an ancestor of French ombrage which has the same meanings as the English copy. The French word descended from Latin umbraticus "shady, of shade", the adjective of umbra "shadow". This same noun cast a spell on the Latin noun umbella "parasol", sending it to Italian as ombrella, with an [r]. Since the original use of parasol (from para "for" + sol "sun") was to protect delicate ladies from the oppression of the sun, the stem umbra made sense. However, anything that casts a shadow on someone's character would be insulting, so the meaning of the stem of this word, umbrage took a giant leap. (Today's word is a gift of Luis Alejandro Apiolaza, who trades under the name of Uncronopio in the Alpha Agora.)
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Re: UMBRAGEOUS

Postby Stargzer » Mon Aug 15, 2005 12:07 am

Dr. Goodword wrote:• umbrageous •

Pronunciation: êm-brey-jês • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Adjective

Meaning: 1. Affording or forming shade; shady. . . .However, anything that casts a shadow on someone's character would be insulting, so the meaning of the stem of this word, umbrage took a giant leap. (Today's word is a gift of Luis Alejandro Apiolaza, who trades under the name of Uncronopio in the Alpha Agora.)


None of this is to imply that Luis, who works in a forest, is a shady character . . . :)
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Postby M. Henri Day » Sat Aug 20, 2005 4:04 pm

Or quick to take offense....

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Postby Stargzer » Mon Aug 22, 2005 12:49 am

M. Henri Day wrote:Or quick to take offense....

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I would think Luis has too fine a sense of humor to take umbrage at my remark . . . :)
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