May 10th, 2018

words are sexy

Thursday word: corniche

corniche (KAWR-nish, kawr-NEESH) - n., a coastal road, especially one cut into the side of a steep hill or cliff.


Also, in Arabic countries, particularly the Mediterranean coast, a seaside esplanade. Borrowed around 1835 from French route de/en/à corniche (all three prepositions were used at the time), route on a ledge, the key word having been borrowed from Italian cornice, which we also directly borrowed for the architectural senses.


A corniche in the Faroes (Thanks, Flickr:WhatsAllThisThen!)

---L.