Origin of bizarre
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historical usage of bizarre
For a long time, it was conjectured that bizarre is of Basque origin, coming from the word bizarra, meaning “beard.” This same word supposedly passed into Spanish and Portuguese as bizarro, with the meaning “handsome” or “brave” (one imagines in the belief that a man with a beard was endowed with those qualities). From there it was thought to have been adopted by the French, who liked the word but apparently did not attribute the same heroic qualities to the bearded man. In French, bizarre means “odd.”
Recently, a more likely etymology has gained ground—rather than from Spanish, the French word is thought to have come from bizzarro, an Italian word meaning “angry, choleric,” and which originally meant “brave, soldier-like.” Now, this still means that we have to get from a word meaning “angry” to one meaning “odd,” but it is, perhaps, a less bizarre journey.
popular references for bizarre
— Bizarre: A Canadian sketch comedy television series that aired from 1980–1985 in Canada, and in the U.S. on the cable channel Showtime.
—Bizarre Creations: A video game developer, based in Liverpool, England, and known for games like Blur (2010), James Bond 007: Blood Stone (2010), and the Project Gotham Racing series. The name Bizarre Creations came about in 1994 when the then nameless company needed a temporary name and chose “Weird Concepts.” A staff member later used Microsoft Word's Thesaurus on the name, which came up with “Bizarre Creations.”
— Mondo Bizarro: A 1966 faux travelogue that mixes often shocking documentary and mockumentary footage. The film is a successor to the 1963 film Mondo Cane, originator of the exploitation documentary genre.
— Mondo Bizarro: The name of the twelfth studio album by the New York punk band The Ramones. Released in 1992.
— Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern: A television travel show that follows host Andrew Zimmern around the world as he tastes unusual local food. First aired in 2007 on the Travel Channel.
OTHER WORDS FROM bizarrebi·zarre·ly, adverbbi·zarre·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bizarrebazaar, bizarre
Quotations related to bizarre
- "Good evening. I'm Mr. Mike, inviting you to come with me into a world where the bizarre is commonplace and the commonplace bizarre. "-Michael O'Donoghue as Mr. Mike in the 1979 movie Mr. Mike's Mondo Video imdb.com (1979)
How to use bizarre in a sentence
The dress bizarrely burdened Hurley with a ready-made character to play up to, which she did without overt complaint.Happy 20th Birthday, Liz Hurley’s Safety-Pin Dress|Tim Teeman|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You were the first black actor to play an English king in a major Shakespeare production, and the media treated it bizarrely.David Oyelowo on Playing Martin Luther King Jr., Ebola Fears, and Race in Hollywood|Marlow Stern|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was a scene that Nixon and other officials were hoping to avoid, but one that has become bizarrely familiar to residents here.Street Battle Against Cops Again in Ferguson Despite Midnight Curfew|Justin Glawe|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His absolute snobbery is bizarrely refreshing, while the Just Like You's around him try to seem as “normal” as possible.Sting and Hillary Are Just Like You: How the Very Rich Play at Being Very Ordinary|Tim Teeman|June 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Finally and bizarrely, some of the most committable readers accuse me of being a neo-conservative or a neo-liberal or both.Les Gelb Puts Russia in Its Place—and Critics in Theirs|Leslie H. Gelb|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To the school of mechanics to which Kirchhoff belongs, he opposes that which he bizarrely calls the school of the thread.
The grayness and the rigidity of her features clashed bizarrely with the brilliant coloring of her gown.The Gray Phantom|Herman Landon
The color of hers was completely masked by a bizarrely spectacular overlay of designs done in semi-indelible, multi-colored dyes.The Galaxy Primes|Edward Elmer Smith
I can't tell you how bizarrely those half-fabulous names fell from Signet's lips in the turquoise and gold of the afternoon.