Friday, February 18, 2011

It's Cold Out, So Take a Cozier

A thing I learned today: The noun bustier ("boo-stee-ay," referring to the article of women's clothing) is spelled the same as the adjective bustier, the comparative form of busty. That gives us fun sentences like "The lady in the bustier looks a lot bustier than the one wearing the burlap sack." This may well be old news to anyone who has reason to buy or wear these garments, but I had to write the word today and realized that I had no idea how to spell it.

I find this homograph a lot more pleasant that the one that can either be the adjective meaning "containing or related to pus" and the noun that can mean "a cat," among other things.

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