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February 13, 2013


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When you said "sulk" it worried me; but only a minute or so's rumination returned the word "pout" which is what I was told one "originally" did in a boudoir, in English. Cognate?
Why do I associate this word with Tinkerbell?

It's a fine addition to the world of man-words. I agree that it's probably the rhyme that makes it work. 'Dude' also conveys playful informality in a way 'boy' would not, and it indicates adult men better than 'boy' does.

Catanea: The Online Etymology Dictionary says "pout" is "perhaps Scandinavian" in origin, but adds that many pouty words, including French bouder, are "imitative of puffing" (one's lips, I suppose).


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