That word. It does not mean what you think it means.


Someone at work told me that I looked very homely the other day.
When I asked her what she thought that meant, she said “all comfy-like, hanging out in your pyjamas and stuff”.

Hmm… not quite as insulting as the real meaning, but still …

home·ly
   [hohm-lee]
adjective, -li·er, -li·est.
1. lacking in physical attractiveness; not beautiful; unattractive: a homely child.
2. not having elegance, refinement, or cultivation.

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Posted on 17/11/2011, in travel. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Oh that is tragic–especially since you work for a book publisher! Happy Thursday, though 🙂

  2. In the US, yes. In the OED, not exclusively:
    http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/homely

    (there’s a rather fuller set of definitions in my 1920s edition Shorter Oxford, which puts the US meaning as a fourth option).

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