Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Word For The Day: unprepossessing

unprepossessing - un-pre-poz-ess-ing - adj.  1. dull, ordinary, unremarkable, nondescript, unimpressive.  2. not attractive or appealing to the eye.  3. unpleasant, unsightly, scuzzy.  As in "we found the best burgers in the most unprepossessing restaurants".   Etymology: unknown.  Author's Note:  It appears that unprepossessing has taken a turn for the worse, ie. it is used less and less to denote something neutral or nondescript, and is used more and more to suggest dowdiness, as in "publishing four 'word for the day' posts in a row makes his one of the more unprepossessing blogs I know of".