Saturday, April 17, 2010


valise \və-ˈlēs\ noun: suitcase

Etymology: French, from Italian valigia

I don’t want to sound like a curmudgeon, but what does valise give us that suitcase does not?

1 comment:

Vicki Peter said...

That reminds me a lot of Tales of a Wayward Classicist:

" And since we are classicists, trained in a specific manner of writing, our "academic voices" tend to carry with them a little something that cannot be fully described unless by excruciating demonstration of the convoluted grammatical, syntactical and lexical pretzels into which we take such pride and glory bending ourselves, as if to demonstrate by our linguistic acrobatics the great heights to which our intelligence has soared and taking as the benchmark of our success the utter confusion we can create by overburdening even the simplest of topics with the most jargon- and theory-laden language we could possibly imagine, peppered liberally (of course) with wholly unnecessary sprinkles of Latin, Greek, German, French, and the like.

Wasn't that fucking tedious?! I got bored halfway through writing it. "