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Edmund Wilson
In a word: Rebarbative

Each week, The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar -- another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. Use it in a sentence in a comment on his blog, You Don't Say, and the best sentence will be featured next week. This week's word: REBARBATIVE Not one of the nice words, rebarbative means unattractive, objectionable, annoying, repellant. It comes to us directly from the French rebarbatif, meaning literally to "face each other, beard to beard." That derives in turn from barbe, "beard," all going back to the Latin barba. We get barb and barber from the same source. To...

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