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Touring Streets, Highlighting Gutters
By BROOKS BARNES
Tours sponsored by TMZ highlight the tawdry stories of celebrities in Los Angeles. The villains of NBC's tawdry drama
(By Tom Shales, The Washington Post)
George emerged as a signifier of domestic probity and obstinate patriotism, a homely and honest contrast to meretricious politicians and as providing a reassuring stability in the midst of national flux and humiliation.
The Lord James of Rusholme, the former High Master of Manchester Grammar School and the first Vice-Chancellor of York University, who has died aged 83, stood out unflinchingly for academic standards - and in particular for grammar schools - against the meretricious educational nostrums peddled with such disastrous results in the postwar years.
Origin:early 17th century: from Latin meretricius (adjective from meretrix, meretric- 'prostitute', from mereri 'be hired') + -ous
Origin:early 17th century: from Latin, used in the sense '(something) of our own making', neuter of noster 'our'
Definition of scrape
Origin:Old English scrapian 'scratch with the fingernails', of Germanic origin, reinforced in Middle English by Old Norse skrapa or Middle Dutch schrapen 'to scratch'
|A motley assortment of things.|
|Synonyms:||farrago, gallimaufry, hodgepodge, melange, mishmash, mingle-mangle, oddments, omnium-gatherum|
|Usage:||The bottom drawer of the teacher's desk contained a ragbag of confiscated items ranging from comic books to false teeth.|
1. Appealing in a cheap or showy manner: tawdry.
2. Based on pretense or insincerity.
From Latin meretricius, meretrix (prostitute), from merere (to earn money).
"For most of the 20th century John Singer Sargent's skills as a portraitist were deemed to be meretricious." — Waldemar Januszczak; A Dirty Old Man And the Sea?; The Sunday Times (London, UK); Jul 11, 2010.
www.thefreedictionary.com/mishmash - CachedA collection or mixture of unrelated things; a hodgepodge. [Middle English misse-
- [形]((形式))適応する, 適応できる, 適応性のある.a・dap・tive・ly[副]a・dap・tive・ness[名]
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Definition of tawdry
adjective (tawdrier, tawdriest)
noun[mass noun] archaic
Origin:early 17th century: short for tawdry lace, a fine silk lace or ribbon worn as a necklace in the 16th–17th cents, contraction of St Audrey's lace: Audrey was a later form of Etheldrida (died 679), patron saint of Ely where tawdry laces, along with cheap imitations and other cheap finery, were traditionally sold at a fair
[形]（-dri・er, -dri・est）〈服・装身具などが〉けばけばしい, はでで安っぽい；下劣な.
［St. AudreyでSt. のtがAudreyにくっついたもの. その縁日では安っぽいきらびやかな品物が売られた］
Showy, but of poor quality.
Why should the derivation of a single word like 'tawdry' be listed on a site that specialises in the etymology of phrases? Two reasons: one, it is short for the phrase 'tawdry lace' (of which more later) and another, I like the derivation so decided to sneak it in.
For the explanation of the word tawdry we have to go back to 7th century England and the story of Etheldrida, the daughter of the king of East Anglia, who was otherwise known as Saint Audrey. Audrey died in 679 AD of a tumour of the throat. It was recorded by the Venerable Bede in Ecclesiasticall History, 731 AD, that her fate was considered just retribution as she had "for vain show adorned her neck with manifold splendid necklaces".
In the 16th century Nicholas Harpsfield, the Archdeacon of Canterbury, published his own ecclesiastical history Historia Anglicana Ecclesiastica and commented that:
"Our women of England are wont to wear about the neck a certain necklace, formed of thin and fine silk."
These silks were known as Saint Audrey's laces.
As time went by, 'St. Audrey's lace' became shortened to 'taudrey lace'. That comes as little surprise to those of us who live in Yorkshire, where expressions like 'the other' and 'down the hole' have long been replaced by 't'other' and 'down t'ole'. In his 1579 poem The Shepheardes Calendar, Edmund Spenser referred to 'tawdrie lace', in a warning to shepherd's daughters:
See, that your rudenesse doe not you disgrace:
Binde your fillets faste,
And gird in your waste,
For more finesse with a tawdrie lace.
'Tawdry' hadn't by that date developed the 'showy/poor quality' meaning that we now use but had started on its route there. What began as a name for fine lace ribbon became a disparaging term for the poor quality lace bought by country wenches at rural fairs. When Shakespeare wanted to establish Mopsa, the country bumpkin girlfriend of the Clown in A Winter's Tale, as less than sophisticated, he portrayed her as interested in frivolous showy dress and gave her this line:
Come, you promised me a tawdry-lace and a pair of sweet gloves.
'Tawdry' has long departed from any association with saints or expensive necklaces and is now entirely a negative description. To all the Audrey's out there, sorry but, as they would say around here, you're just t'Audrey.
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