Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Superior Person's Tuesday!

GRAMERCY, int. The Superior Person's way of saying thank you. A graceful archaism well worth reviving. From grand merci. Can also be used as an exclamation of surprise, meaning, more or less, "mercy me!" Equally delightful in this sense. The ideal use is on occasions which inspire both surprise and gratitude, as for instance when there is a sudden power blackout just as your sister has put on one of her Scott Joplin records.

Each Tuesday, we’ll offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. You can purchase all or any of the four Superior Person’s Books of Words from the Godine website. Gramercy appears in the first.

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