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Friday, August 11, 2006

Words to Your Mother: Louche

Louche (pronounced "loosh") means something that is of questionable moral taste or decadent.  For example, you might have a louche club, a louche painting, or maybe even a louche lush.

The etymology of this word is fairly interesting: The word itself is French, coming from an old French word for "squint-eyed", which in turn came from the Latin luscus, meaning "blind in one eye".  I suppose this means that the French squint at decadence.  Not quite sure what that means, so I think I'll leave it alone.

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