29 November 2004

A New Word

galardinet · ga-`LAR-dih-"net · noun
: a woman who stresses a rigid adherence to the details of forms and methods

Etymology: Apparently a coinage, by Jack Vance, in Lurulu, 2004. Probably a portmanteau word [galliard + martinet].
. . . .
Thanks to axolotl, a French Vance aficionado, for this excellent explanation.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Gyromantic Informicon. Comments are not moderated. If you encounter a problem, please go to home page and follow directions to send me an e-mail.