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
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
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.
Romantic Affection noun. An emotional currency that is privately exchanged between two people who feel a chemistry or spark, which is elicited by sexual attraction. Augmented by trust. E.g. a goodnight kiss
Here are a few untranslatable words that we all know quite well, but do not necessarily have an exact English translation. These beautiful illustrations are by Ella Frances Sanders. See the full entry here…
I privately think we enjoy when women are a little crazy. Any venture that is too sensible, too simple is uninspiring. It is only natural to want to subdue a feat that is unconquerable. We like things to be complicated. … Continue reading
Coquetry. |ˈkōkətrē| noun flirtatious behavior or a flirtatious manner. ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from French coquetterie, from coqueter ‘to flirt,’ from coquet ‘wanton’ (see coquette) .