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Ugly /ˈʌɡli/

adjective No specific type of word-formation
Someone is ugly when they do something fake towards you. It is also used to describe someone when they do something that is lame, stupid or unoriginal. In this context, someone is ugly personality-wise and it has nothing to do with appearance.
 
The term ugly is used as a metaphor in this context because when you call someone ugly, normally, it refers to their physical appearance, but in this case, you are referring to their actions and personality.
Etymology : The word ugly comes from the Old Norse root uggligr which means dreadful or fearful (retrieved from etymonline.com). Through the use of metaphor, the context of the word changed in my friend group.
Source : Friends (in college) Me: “I ate the last piece of pizza.” Friend: “Ughh, you ugly, I wanted the last piece.” (In-person, February 2019). This is an example of a ‘nonce’ word because this word is used in this context by my friend group.
Last modified: 11 December 2019


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