Foreign Words: Blasé

April 5, 2007: Issue 183

A reader recently expressed her disappointment in us because we described doors as blasé.

Blasé means world-weary: After three visits to Paris in the past year, she was rather blasé about our weekend in Omaha.

Even if inanimate objects could be blasé, that wasn’t the meaning we wanted. We were trying to convey that the doors were dull.

“I think that you meant to say ‘blah doors,’” our reader said. And she was right.

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