ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,


rebarbative  (r-bärb-tv), adj.

Causing irritation; repellent; disagreeable.

Etymology:  Late 1800s, from French rebarber, to oppose, to stand up to, to repel (an enemy).
The Old French barbe means 'beard'.
This doesn't mean beards were thought of as disagreeable or repellent; rebarber can be thought of as meaning "to face each other beard to beard" (aggressively).
Tags: adjective, french, r, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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