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lush

adjective; clipping
highly pleasant, appealing
 
The term lush is a clipping of the word luscious meaning ‘highly pleasant to taste or smell.’ The meaning of luscious has semantically changed through a metaphorical extension from being pleasant to taste or smell, to being pleasant in any sense, especially visually. The term was likely then clipped to show its meaning had shifted from the original meaning, or just to shorten the word to make it easier and faster to say. This word is mostly used to describe something beautiful, and is usually spoken by adolescents and young adults.
Etymology : While lush does already exist as a word with an unrelated meaning, this term lush is due to clipping from the word luscious, where the spelling was corrected from “sc” to “sh” to resemble how that sound is pronounced when spoken.
Source : “Did you see the beautiful sunset last night? It was so lush!” (Oct 21, 2015)
Last modified: 12 December 2015


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