Sunday, 2 December 2007

The vagaries of language

What is a boudoir? Well, it is commonly held to be a lady's private quarters. The word is derived from the French bouder which means to pout. I have seen a description in an etymological dictionary that a boudoir is a room where a lady would go to sulk. So, a boudoir in English is a sulkery?

2 comments:

lsfp1960 said...

I don't sulk in my boudoir.....I read, watch TV & sleep.   Linda         http://journals.aol.com/lsfp1960/LindasWorld/                                                                                  

princesssaurora said...

I love looking at word origins and such... thanks for this one!

be well,
Dawn
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