Sunday, September 09, 2012

word of the day: Tyrolean

The word of the day is Tyrolean:

Etymology:  < Tyrol (see def.) + -ean suffix.
A. adj.Belonging to Tyrol (often called ‘the Tyrol’), a former crown land of Austria-Hungary, embracing the present Austrian province of Tyrol and parts of northern Italy. 
B. n.A native or inhabitant of Tyrol. (OED)

"On a deck with a view of the Tower of London, some non-Austrian-looking office workers stood drinking pints of Steigl.  They had already got their pictures taken on the ski lift - there were goggles and everything - against a painted Tyrolean backdrop."

 - Lauren Collins, "Olympics postcard: Globe-trotter", 13 & 20 August 2012 The New Yorker

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