Thursday, April 22, 2010

Simplly Gorgeous...

"Gorgeous" is a word I used to use to describe the way someone or something looks....I say "used" because while living over here I have noticed a very different use of the word. It seems the word here in England is often used to describe how things taste or smell.  
According to this online source, here is the description :
    1. Dazzlingly beautiful or magnificent: wore a gorgeous Victorian gown.
    2. Characterized by magnificence or virtuosic brilliance: the pianist's gorgeous technique
Very commonly here, locals might taste a cake or a food item and they will say "this is gorgeous!" I was puzzled by this comment the first time I heard it,  but now I have come to realize it is just common "speak." This past week I brought in M&M cookies to my new office mates and as the people ate their cookies, I heard "These biscuits are just gorgeous" over and over again....and it made me giggle every time! 

Further, as I drove to work the other day, I saw this billboard advertising a shampoo smelling "gorgeous." I guess it really is a common phrase in a different way over here! [and really is Head & Shoulders gorgeous smelling?!?!?]


andrea said...

This is one of the words my husband's mom and sister use all the time and it took me a while to get used to it!

Tola said...

my british husband also uses "gorgeous" in this manner, and it drives me just a bit crazy!