Interesting and Unusual Words: “Garish”

By Matt Vicker

“Garish”

Scotland’s international football team has released its new away kit this week. Most people have reacted to its striking aesthetics. One BBC article has stood out to me that captions the look entirely: “The beauty/horror of the garish new Scotland away strip” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-26371625). Garish. That’s not a word I come across very often.

‘Garish’ is an adjective that is almost-always associated with clothing and/or decorative items. It’s not a particularly complimentary adjective at that, and brings negative connotations to the objects it modifies. The OED defines it as “Of dress, ornament, ceremonial, etc.: Obtrusively or vulgarly bright in colour, showy, gaudy”.  Needless to say, the new Scotland away kit is that garish. But don’t take my word for it – check out the aforementioned BBC piece.

The OED entry for ‘garish’: http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/76793?rskey=bUIsep&result=2#eid

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