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WOW: Chic




Monday, August 03, 2009
OBG's Word of the Week (WOW) is chic (pronounced "sheek"), a word of French origin that has been adopted in English since at least the 1870s to mean style and elegance. Chic is both a noun and an adjective, i.e., Kai's dress is chic as well as What a chic boutique! or Paris clothes have such chic.
Early references in English dictionaries classified chic as slang. The comparative and superlative forms of chic are chicer and chicest, which make them wholly English words since the French equivalents would be plus chic and la plus chic. Interesting how words from one language can turn into words used by another language and take on their own characteristics.
What and/or whom do you find chic?

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