Is it naughty or not? Learn what “burlesque” actually means, plus Cher’s real nameThe trailer for “Burlesque,” starring Cher and Christina Aguilera, makes the film seem like cheesy fun. What the preview fails to do, however, is explain what actually defines burlesque. Is it strictly a type of dance performed in seedy venues, a fancy word for striptease? Luckily for word enthusiasts, “burlesque” derives from a rich tradition as well as a compelling meaning. Traditionally, burlesque has been a type of …
What’s the Origin of the Term Hipster?Hipsters have become simultaneous objects of ridicule and desire, associated with the new and in vogue, and also with an absurd form of consumerism. Why do we call them hipsters, and how did this word, born of jazz music in the early 1930s, make the transition to describe young men in skinny pants and classes on how to properly sharpen a pencil? The earliest uses …
Origin of Ginnie Mae
1970–75; formed from the initials GNMA; cf. Fannie Mae
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1970, fleshed out in the form of a fem. proper name, from GNMA, acronym of Government National Mortgage Association.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper