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Increasing teaching vocabulary! Fwd:AWordADay--aesthete

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I never knew that "aesthetics" could take this form! Thought I would pass it

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aesthete or esthete (ES-theet) noun

1. One who cultivates an unusually high sensitivity to beauty, as in art
or nature.

2. One whose pursuit and admiration of beauty is regarded as excessive
or affected.

[Back-formation from aesthetic.]

"Gelernter singles out the Macintosh's graphical user interface (GUI) as
an ingenious approach to simplifying the clutter of the home computer,
and Microsoft Word as an aesthete's anathema."
David Auerbach, 'Machine Beauty' is in the eye of the beholder,
University Wire, 5 Mar 1998.

This week's theme: words coined by the process of back-formation.

They asked me to go in front of the Reagans. I'm not used to going in
front of President Reagan, so we went out behind the Bushes. -Dan Quayle,
Former U.S. Vice President (1947-)

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