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#1 2013-04-25 14:22:40

From: Tucson AZ
Registered: 2008-12-15
Posts: 7


CNN reporter yesterday, during coverage of the Jodi Arias trial: “I don’t know if she was trying to besmirk Travis Alexander’s reputation. . . .”

On On,
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#2 2013-04-25 15:37:43

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2211

Re: Besmirk

Good spotting. The fabrication “besmirk” makes sense in context—making wry fun.

“Besmirch” from “smirch.” There’s another lost radical. At least I think it’s lost. I haven’t heard “smirch” without the “be-” in my lifetime. OED indicates that it was not a lost radical in the nineteenth century.

Quite a few examples of “besmirk” on the web:

Lulu-published novel: “a few childish idiots besmirked the … reputation of all Navy pilots”

Amazon review: “His General Besmirked By Amateurs”

Thread on motorcycles: “ you’re the one who belittled and besmirked my ride”

Last edited by kem (2013-04-25 15:39:35)



#3 2013-04-25 17:45:37

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-12
Posts: 1813

Re: Besmirk

I remember struggling unsuccessfully not to laugh in church when I heard the preacher say

the woman who washed Jesus’ tears with her feet [sic] had a smirky reputation

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



#4 2013-04-25 20:45:33

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1251

Re: Besmirk

There’s a murky bunch: besmirch, besmutch, besmut, besmudge, that go way back. And now besmirk. And …

Tourism is dead in this country due to the mistakes of Liberals and the left to besmurk our once pristine image in the face of the world.
Conservative homophobia forum

Last edited by David Bird (2013-04-25 20:45:59)



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