ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday-ish word: ordure

ordure (ôr′jər), noun

1. excrement, dung
2. something regarded as being morally offensive

Etymology:  from old French ord, filthy, which came from Latin horridus, frightful.  Think 'horrid'.

For some reason, I keep thinking 'ordure' is related to 'odor'.  It isn't.  But when I think of the word, I think of "the odor of excrement"...which at any rate gets me to the right visceral reaction to go with the word's actual meaning.
Tags: noun, o, old french, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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