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Sep 16, 2016
This week’s theme
Words to describe people

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boulevardier
pachyderm
revenant
rhapsode
bon viveur

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bon viveur

PRONUNCIATION:
(BON* vee-VUHR)
[* this syllable is nasal]

MEANING:
noun: A person who enjoys good food, drinks, luxuries, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
A pseudo-French formation, from bon (good) + viveur (a living person), from vivre (to live). A synonym is bon vivant. Earliest documented use: 1865.

USAGE:
“If Lebanon was a man or woman, I’d picture someone very stylish, enjoying a song and dance, while eating tabbouleh and holding up a glass of something merry-looking in their hand; a bon viveur trying to make the most of their evening before the electricity is cut off.”
Tanya Dernaika; Brand Lebanon Ready for Export; The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon); May 18, 2015.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Would the boy you were be proud of the man you are? -Laurence J. Peter, educator and author (16 Sep 1919-1990)

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