Monday, December 8, 2014

Amazing Words: Bouleversement

Each week, I’m going to present an amazing word. A word that has a double meaning either directly or perhaps through origin, where is has evolved into a new meaning, or carries a wonderful Onomatopoeic effect.

This week my amazing word is:


The part I like most about bouleversement, beside the general sound of the word, is the three tier connotation. 

The simplest form means a reversal: The lottery win started a remarkable bouleversement in David’s luck. 

Digging a bit deeper, we see it implies a more profound upheaval or dramatic change: The Soviet Union collapsed amid the amazing political bouleversement of that era

Finally, if we trace the development of the word back to 18th Century French, the meaning derives from boule, ball, and verser, to overturn, and so any sporting analogy will carry well, though one might wish to save it for a more refined occasion: The Prince made a hasty, and somewhat ill tempted exit, following the alarming bouleversement against his team in the final Polo match of the weekend.   

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