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tragi-tan

noun; blending
An noticeably artificial tan that is visually unappealing
 
This word is a blend of "tragic" and "tan", referring to the unfortunate appearance of somebody who has received a bad artificial tan. The use of "tragic" is something of a hyperbole, as a tragi-tan would at worst result in minor embarrassment.
Etymology : Blend of "tragic" and "tan". Tragic: ultimately from Greek "tragikos", adjective meaning pertaining to tragedy, from Greek "tragodia", a play or literary work with an unhappy ending, literally meaning "goat song", referring to the goat skins worn by singers to represent satyrs. Tan: from Medieval Latin "tannare", meaning brown dye, from "tannum", meaning crushed oak bark, likely from a Celtic source.
Source : "The ensemble was run off the tracks by a profoundly orange tragi-tan". From an article describing Christina Aguilara's appearance at the American Music Awards, November 2013. Etymology from Etymonline.
Last modified: 26 November 2013


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