Monday, May 18, 2009

Oh Word? (Queensbridge version)

Your simple words just don't move me!
It was, no doubt, the Mobb Deep/Lakers collab post of 2009 that got me thinking about this particular word in etymological terms.

Today's word: BIZARRE!

criminal minds
thirsty for recognition
i'm sippin e&j, got my mind flippin
i'm buggin, think i'm how bizarre to hold my hustlin...

adjective, c.1648, from Fr. bizarre "odd, fantastic," originally "handsome, brave," from Basque bizar, "a beard" (the notion being of the strange impression made in France by bearded Spanish soldiers);
alternative etymology traces it to It. bizarro "angry, fierce, irascible," from bizza "fit of anger."

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