30 October 2007

Self-styled

Did you notice today's Word of the Day?

soi-disant \swah-dee-ZAHN\, adjective: Self-styled; so-called.

"The soi-disant experts are planning another self-congratulatory awards ceremony." Ooooh, I love vocabulary.

1 comment:

-bob- said...

hey! time for me to chime in and sound smart. the word soi-disant comes from french. soi is a third person singular object pronoun (him(self)/her(self)/it(self)). and disant is the participial form of "to say."

so it's like someone is self-saying.

ahhh... etymology.