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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
rebarbative (ree-BAHR-buh-tiv) adjective
[From French rebarbative (offputting), feminine form of rebarbatif, from rebarber (to be repellent), from barbe (beard), from Latin barba (beard).]
Are bearded people irritating? While some find a beard on a man attractive, literally speaking it could be like barbed wire - repelling - for others. In fact, the words barb, barber, and beard are derived from the same root as today's word.
"From cosy Whitelaw to rebarbative Ingham, there are now over a dozen
versions of the Thatcher decade by Thatcher's servants."
"As Nixon and the boy who would one day become his rebarbative five
o'clock shadow both understood, football is simply war by other
When nations grow old, the arts grow cold and commerce settles on every tree. -William Blake, poet, engraver, and painter (1757-1827)