Monday, July 9, 2012
Word of the Week - Lowlife
One of the most surprising is lowlife. It feels like an old-fashioned word to call somebody, doesn't it? Like it should be from the age when base-born was one of the meanest things you could say about someone. But . . . it's not.
The adjective form, low-life, did indeed enter the English language in 1794, meaning "vulgar, disreputable." (Still too late for my story, mind you...), but it didn't make the transition from adjective to noun until--get this--1911! Aaaagggghhhhhh!
Thanks heavens for an editor who thought to look this one up. She knows this sort of thing is important to me and got to laugh while I went "Aaaaaggghhhhh, really? Really? What in the world can I call him then?" LOL. (Enter "miscreant" and "criminal" for the two places in the book I'd used "lowlife.")
I hope everyone was a great week!