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Some Great Items Available at the “Bizarre” “Bazaar”


When I was in high school, a service club I joined worked at the Rose Bowl flea market. There I saw weird-looking people selling weird weird-looking things.

It really was a bizarre bazaar.

I rarely see these two words misused, probably because most people say weird or strange instead of bizarre, and they more likely use mall, fair, shopping center or flea market instead of bazaar.

Some people think bizarre is a synonym for macabre, but that’s not so. Bizarre means “strange, odd, weird or unusual.” Macabre means “shockingly repellent or inspiring horror.”

I remember a fashion magazine called Harper’s Bazaar, but people seemed to want to abbreviate it to Harper’s, which is too bad because there’s another publication called Harper’s Magazine, which is often abbreviated to Harper’s. It’s a monthly magazine of literature, politics, culture, finance and the arts. No fashion there.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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November 3, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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