rebarbative
adj. causing annoyance, irritation, or aversion; repellent.

“Rebarbative” comes from the 19th-century French rébarbatif—which, strangely, comes from barbe, or “beard.” It’s also where we get our word “barb.” I’m not sure whether it derives in the sense that a beard is a somewhat pointed protection, or because people found beards to be sharp, prickly, and irritating (my girlfriend thinks so—just ask her).

§1442 · October 11, 2006 · Tags: ·

2 Comments to “Wednesday’s Word: rebarbative”

  1. rob says:

    i for one hate it when bearded guys go down on me

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