Posted by: Natalie | March 26, 2010

Word of the Day: Fashion

On the theme of this morning’s post, today’s word is . . . .


Word Origins:

As the definition of this word dictates, fashions change with time – as do words. Initially, fashion had nothing at all to do with clothes. The first origins of this word, the Latin noun factio, from the verb facere, meant ‘to do or make’ – we can see how the word ‘factory’ came into being. Factio was used to describe ‘a group of people doing things together’ (also where we get ‘faction’ from), but it kept its connection to making and doing. Eventually this developed into ‘a way or style of doing something’ or ‘the style in which something is made’, which in turn became attributed to clothing. This has clearly moved on a little even from there, to mean almost ‘style’ itself, but a style which is popular.

Urban Dictionary Definition:

  1. a sense of style that changes from decade to decade, century to century. each era of fashion can change by very little or drastically.
  2. Today this word seems to mean “anything that’s too hideous and freaky to even wear on the catwalk – too freaky and garish for even Vivienne Westwood or John Galliano to contemplate showing”.
  3. The prevailing style or custom, as in dress, or behaviour.
  4. Something such as garment, that is in the current mode.
  5. Something so damn hideous it must be changed every season to spare our eyes, unfortunately not our wallets.

Nat’s Definition:

  • Something that more often than not alludes me.
  • Something that causes us to grimace and cringe at old photos of ourselves; “What the hell was I thinking?”
  • Something that struggles to traverse effectively from cat-walk to high street, to allow people to look good and feel comfortable.
  • Something that is subjective.
  • Your personality.

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