Bewitched, bothered and bewildered – and true glamour

28Mar11

The title of my post on “bamboozled” comes from the wonderful song “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered“, from the Rodgers and Hart musical Pal Joey. This video’s from the film version, which starred Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, and the gorgeous Rita Hayworth. Here she is, performing (but not signing) the song and giving us a lesson in true Hollywood glamour.

From a language perspective, here’s the Online Etymology Dictionary again, on “glamour”:

glamour (n.)

1720, Scottish, “magic, enchantment” (especially in phrase to cast the glamor), a variant of Scottish gramarye “magic, enchantment, spell,” alteration of English grammar (q.v.) with a medieval sense of “any sort of scholarship, especially occult learning.” Popularized by the writings of Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832). Sense of “magical beauty, alluring charm” first recorded 1840. As a verb, by 1830s, from the noun.

Isn’t that wonderful?



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