September 08, 2003

Lisa: Vocabulary Lesson

Lately I have heard several people use the words genre and oeuvre almost interchangeably. We must put a stop to this outrage!

Here's what Merriam-Webster's online dictionary has to say:

genre: a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content

oeuvre: a substantial body of work constituting the lifework of a writer, an artist, or a composer

Ringwald movie watchers and sci-fi readers take note!

Posted by lisa at September 08, 2003 04:54 PM

But... they're both French-derived...

Posted by: Sarah on September 8, 2003 08:03 PM

I keep portmonteau in my escargot.

All Frenchy words are interchangable. It's like needlework, but without the heavy machinery.

Incidentally, one person I was talking to once spelt "moi" as "mwah." It took my a few minutes to figure out what the bloody stapler ey was saying.

Posted by: Gemini6Ice on September 11, 2003 06:44 AM
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