Word of the Day – Grotesque (Italian Origin)

 
So, the word for the day at http://www.m-w.com/, is grotesque. It comes from Italian Renaissance:
During the Italian Renaissance, Romans of culture took a great interest in their country’s past and began excavating ancient buildings. During their excavations, they uncovered chambers (known in Italian as “grotte,” in reference to their cavelike appearance) decorated with artwork depicting fantastic combinations of human and animal forms interwoven with strange fruits and flowers. The Italian word “grottesca” became the name for this unique art style, and by 1561 it had mutated into the English noun “grotesque.” The adjective form of “grotesque” was first used in the early 17th century to describe the decorative art but is now used to describe anything bizarre, incongruous, or unusual.

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