RARA-AVIS: Re: Lurid!

From: foxbrick ( foxbrick@yahoo.com)
Date: 10 Jun 2008

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "jacquesdebierue"
<jacquesdebierue@...> wrote:
> My learned colleague Foxbrick [aka crotchedy Todd Mason] perplexed me
with his question about
> "lurid". I looked it up and perhaps this is where the confusion comes
> from: it means both "pale" and "vivid" (the sense in which I used it).
> I wasn't aware that the word had two opposite meanings. I hope I
> haven't ruined the word for those who need to use it in reviews and
> such. For me, its allure has paled.

And there's a implication of cheap shock, which Theodore Sturgeon could engage in, but usually didn't...too much the artist. Very expensive shocks, frequently, indeed.

Todd Mason

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