Facetus  

From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia

Jump to: navigation, search

Related e

Google
Wikipedia
Wiktionary
Wiki Commons
Wikisource
YouTube
Shop


Featured:
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Enlarge
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Facetus is Latin for:

  1. elegant, fine
  2. courteous, polite
  3. witty, jocose, facetious

Contents

Derived words

Facetiae

The word facetus became known in the Renaissance in the form of facetia, jest or joke. In its plural form it became associated with collections of witty tales, best known of which are the Facetiae by Poggio.

Facetious

  1. Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant
  2. Pleasantly humourous, jocular

Etymology

1592, from Fr. facétieux, from facétie "a joke," from L. facetia, from facetus "witty, elegant," of unknown origin, perhaps related to facis "torch." It implies a desire to be amusing, often intrusive or ill-timed. " in booksellers' catalogues, is, like curious, a euphemism for erotica." [ Henry Watson Fowler ] --etymonline

Examples




Unless indicated otherwise, the text in this article is either based on Wikipedia article "Facetus" or another language Wikipedia page thereof used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License; or on original research by Jahsonic and friends. See Art and Popular Culture's copyright notice.

Personal tools