rake noun a fashionable or wealthy man of dissolute or promiscuous habits. [from the title of a series of engravings (1735) by Hogarth.] ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: abbreviation of archaic rakehell in the same sense.
mot juste noun the exact, appropriate word. ORIGIN French. Coined by Flaubert
perspicacity |ˌpərspiˈkasitē| noun the quality of having a ready insight into things; shrewdness. Image courtesy of www.warbybarker.com
I just finished Petals On the Wind by V.C. Andrews in anticipation for the Lifetime movie that brings the Dollanganger story to life. Petals on the Wind is the sequal to the Gothic novel Flowers in the Attic, which is … Continue reading
summer romance |ˈsəmər ˈləvər| noun A transitory feeling of excitement, associated with love, that is aroused in May and fades in August, when complicated inquiries about future plans manifest. The affair is usually marked by strong sexual chemistry, mimosas, bikinis, music festivals, and trips to Las Vegas. Similar: spring … Continue reading
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1. He was Robert Greene‘s research assistant. I fell in love with Robert Greene way back. The year was 2005, and I was a 15-year-old Catholic school girl hopelessly searching for ways to capture boys’ attention. Robert Green outlined the way – (though, I admit that Greene’s dogma … Continue reading
Inamorato. A male lover. Literally ‘enamored’ in Italian; past participle of the verb inamorare. ORIGIN late 16th century. I generally buy silk lingerie for myself, but I buy the lacy pieces for my inamorato.
Siren. Noun. A woman who is – a little bit too sexy. From the Greek legend of Odysseus, in which winged creatures lured sailors onto rocks and to their death through songs.