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23 July 2008 @ 02:57 pm
Word #23  
Last week's Wednesday word was cancelled due to RL. My sincere apologies!

lulu

[loo-loo]

noun, slang
1. any remarkable or outstanding person or thing: His black eye is a lulu.

2. a very attractive or seductive looking woman

3. a fixed allowance paid to a legislator in lieu of reimbursement for actual expenses.


Etymology:

1. and 2. First attested in a baseball article from New Orleans, U.S., perhaps from earlier looly "beautiful girl," of unknown origin.

3. Special use of lulu, with play on lieu, from a facetious remark attributed to New York governor Al Smith.

I encountered this lulu of a word whilst translating the latest, posthumously published novel by Mickey Spillane, Dead Street. There he talks about "a lulu of a building". ;-).