Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Enough with the -licious ness!!

I am just wondering when adding -licious to a word suddenly knocked up it's cool quotient. Do words care if they are -licious? Does the addition of this suffix rework a word in a way similar to how brainy geeks in movies get made over into lithesome hotties? Is adding -licious the equivalent of getting contact lenses and having your braces removed?

I am assuming that -licious comes from the word delicious. Which Merriam Webster defines as coming from the Latin deliciae which means to delight, then later from delicere which is to allure. So the flip side of delicious must be flavorless. Bland, banal, beige. Which would be bad if you wanted to be noticed.

Really, though I think the opposite is more like tasteless. As in what I think of people who have to meld it to their names, Fegilicious, or brand a part of their body with it, bootilicious. In fairness we can all probably just get behind flavorless; which Merriam Websters defines as one that is in the center of public attention for a limited time -- usually used in phrases like flavor of the month. Ahem.

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Anonymous said...

I don't know Muffilicious sounds like a pretty good strippers name

Heidi Schempp Fournier said...

You are a twisted piece of work ;-P