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BLATANT

Postby tcward » Sun Jun 26, 2005 10:46 pm

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1596, in blatant beast, coined by Edmund Spenser in "The Faerie Queen" to describe a thousand-tongued monster representing slander, probably from L. blatire "to babble." It entered general use 1656, as "noisy in an offensive and vulgar way;" the sense of "obvious, glaringly conspicuous" is from 1889.


The origin of this adjective surprised me. And I thought, in my own armchair psychologist kind of way, that it was interesting that the meaning would have shifted by the time of the Victorian era, to cover anything that is "glaringly conspicuous" -- for, in a time and place when inconspicuousness was mandated by extreme moral compunction, it must have been truly offensive and vulgar, to be so glaringly conspicuous.

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Postby KatyBr » Mon Jun 27, 2005 11:23 am

Our Insurance agent; The guy who owns a lot of property in our tiny town gets notices every summer from what he calls the blatant officer. she reports him if his lawns aren't mown often enough, I'll bet you can figure out Why he calls her the 'blatant' offcer...

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