Enfant Terrible: Visual Word of the Day

A lesson in linguistics . . . and how not to be terrible.

The term enfant terrible is an example of how words can change in meaning when moving from one language to another. While French speakers would maintain the literal meaning of this phrase (“terrible child”), English speakers have adapted it to mean something more metaphorical: “an outrageously outspoken or bold person who says and does indiscreet or irresponsible things.”
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