This is one of those words that my husband used once when referring to someone's appearance. So instead of the usual "looking good", or "very stylish" , or "pretty snazzy" ( ok, I know people don't really use the word 'snazzy' anymore, but I couldn't think of another example!) , he states that he thinks they are looking very rakish. RAKISH!? Oh, my! My son and I looked at each other with that "Huh?" look on our faces."What the heck is "rakish?!!" I asked him. He proceeded to give us our word lesson for the day. Now, these weren't his exact words but it was something like this...
1. Nautical Having a trim, streamlined appearance: "We were schooner-rigged and rakish, with a long and lissome hull" (John Masefield).
2. Dashingly or sportingly stylish; jaunty.
*Actually, this is from freeonlinedictionary.com, not from my husband, M.B. :)
My first guess would have been that the person looked somewhat like a rake, which makes no sense at all, so I knew that wasn't it. But, after our lesson, I decided that this was a pretty cool word. And, although I will probably never hear it used again in everyday conversation, I will always remember the first time I heard it :) And even though it sounds like I'm poking fun at my husband for his unique use of words, it is really one of the things I love most about him. I'm amazed by his ability to recall and use these words in everyday conversation, without hesitation or effort. I really think he just likes to see the stunned and confused look on my face when he comes up with one! I don't know. But honestly, he could have just used the word "spiffy". I love that word, too, and actually use it, probably too often :)
Hoping you're feeling very rakish today! Juli
|My husband, M.B., deep in thought, looking very rakish :)|