Use this forum to discuss past Good Words.
User avatar
Dr. Goodword
Site Admin
Posts: 4559
Joined: Wed Feb 02, 2005 9:28 am
Location: Lewisburg, PA


Postby Dr. Goodword » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:34 pm

• liquorish •

Pronunciation: li-kêr-rish • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Adjective

Meaning: (Archaic) 1. Pleasant to the palate, tasty, delicious. 2. Fondness (especially of delicious food), desirous, longing. 3. Lecherous, lustful, filled with sensual desires.

Notes: Today's Good (if archaic) Word may also be spelled lickerish, the way it is pronounced. It is widely confused with the word licorice (also spelled liquorice), so much so, in fact, some dictionaries list this pronunciation as an acceptable alternative to licorice. Now that today's word is archaic, it may be time for it to be replaced.

In Play: The latest sense of today's Good Word is the first one on the Meaning list: "Stella Doro serves some of the most liquorish morsels I have ever tasted at her soirées." The original meaning is the last one above: "Phil Anders is known for his liquorish eye and disrespect for women."

Word History: This word is a mispronunciation of lickerous, with all the same meanings. The third sense is the one that tells of the origin of the word: it is a variant of Old French lecheros "lecherous". This word was based on Old French lecheor "lecher", someone who lives in debauchery and gluttony. The root of this word was borrowed from the Old Germanic word that came down to English as lick, to German as lecken, and to Dutch as likken. Its traceable history goes back to Proto-Indo-European li(n)gh- "to lick". With the Fickle N it emerged as Latin lingua "tongue, language", which reached French as langue "tongue" and langage "language". English borrowed the latter as language.
• The Good Dr. Goodword

User avatar
Grand Panjandrum
Posts: 3978
Joined: Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:16 pm
Location: Land of the Flat Water

Re: Liquorish

Postby LukeJavan8 » Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:25 pm

Words come and go. Time to replace this.
If I were to use it, it most likely would be
associated by everyone as something to
do with Liquor in a bottle, and nothing else.
-----please, draw me a sheep-----

User avatar
Grand Panjandrum
Posts: 5335
Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:31 am
Location: Finger Lakes, NY

Re: Liquorish

Postby Slava » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:49 pm

I agree with Luke on this one. I've always thought this meant the same as liquored up, blotto, pie-eyed, etc.
Life is like playing chess with chessmen who each have thoughts and feelings and motives of their own.

Perry Lassiter
Grand Panjandrum
Posts: 3207
Joined: Wed Jan 03, 2007 12:41 pm
Location: RUSTON, LA

Re: Liquorish

Postby Perry Lassiter » Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:55 pm

Sounds like somebody trying to say "liquor" who has already had more than a little of liquor.

Return to “Good Word Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 9 guests