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The word "loathsome" can be used to describe someone whole fills you with loathing. And the word "awesome" describes someone who fills you with awe. And the word "fearsome" describes something that fills you with fear. So what, exactly, does the word "handsome" mean?

Oh, if only there was some way for me to find out the etymology of the word "handsome". If only I had, at my fingertips, some sort of enormous reference machine, some kind of crazy 21st century device that would allow me to instantly research any question by pressing keys and clicking buttons. But, alas, all I have is this expensive, useless, weblog-reader / porn-viewer.

Posted on March 03, 2002 to