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gorgeous

gorgeous

  Portrait of Saskia van Uylenburgh by Rembrandt (1606-69)     MEANINGS   The adjective gorgeous now means beautiful, very attractive; very pleasant or enjoyable. Its original meaning was, of persons then of things, adorned with rich or brilliant colours, splendid, showy, magnificent.     ORIGIN   Dating back to the late 15th century, gorgeous is from […]

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grotesque

grotesque

  Crotésca, antique, fretted or carved worke. Grótta, a grot, a cave, a den, a caverne or hole underground. Grottésca, anticke or landskip [= landscape] worke of Painters. John Florio – Queen Anna’s New World of Words, Or Dictionarie of the Italian and English tongues (1611)     During the Italian Renaissance, the remaining buildings […]

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to play fast and loose – part 2

to play fast and loose – part 2

  The Conjurer, 1475-1480, by Hieronymus Bosch or his workshop The conjurer is showing a pearl, which casts its spell over the credulous spectator, a person of rank, who leans in and stares at it while the conjurer’s assistant relieves him of his purse.     The phrase to play fast and loose originally referred […]

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Amazon

Amazon

          The Amazon is a river in South America, flowing over 6,683 km (4,150 miles) through Peru, Colombia, and Brazil into the Atlantic Ocean. It drains two fifths of the continent and, in terms of water flow, it is the largest river in the world.   The river bore various names […]

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