That Richard Armitage is a Lulu: TAE Word for the Day

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Today’s word is lulu (pronounced LOO-loo): noun. A remarkable person, idea or thing 

Etymology: Possibly coming from the nickname for Louise. Earliest recorded use: 1886.

 

Wow, when this word appeared in my A.Word. A.Day email this morning, I could only think of a certain TDHBEW.

Richard Armitage: blindingly handsome, extraordinarily talented, with a keen intelligence and wit and charisma to spare. A man who is sweet, thoughtful, modest, kind and gentle; a man who believes in nourishment and nurturing.  Richard is remarkable, no doubt about it. Richard Armitage, ladies and gents, is a real lulu, wouldn’t you agree?

 

 

 

Perhaps my favorite photo taken on the set of Black Sky, courtesy of RALover and RichardArmitageNet.

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  1. Yes he is a sweet big lulu and it sounds comical to my “French” ear.
    Un “loulou” in France is a pedigree dog but also a rowdy, a hooligan !!!!

        • Oui April. Je crois qu’il y a beaucoup de fans francophones mais ils ou elles n’osent pas se dévoiler. C’est le problème de la langue. Il y a une telle peur de faire des fautes que la plupart reste dans l’ombre. Enfin c’est ce que je ressens. Je trouve cela dommage
          car la communauté des fans de RA est vraiment accueillante et indulgente vis-à-vis des non anglophones. C’est vrai qu’il est frustrant de ne pas pouvoir s’exprimer pleinement et de ne pas entrer dans des débats ou analyses mais au final, je ne regrette pas d’avoir sauté le pas et de faire partie des “RA crazy gaga Ladies”.
          Come on, French RA lovers, let hear your voice !!!!

          • Je suis entièrement d’accord avec toi Nadia. Je trouve génial de parler de notre passion commune entre personnes qui viennent du monde entier (je viens de Suisse). Et en plus, cela me permet d’améliorer mon anglais. 🙂

          • I guess the phrase “RA crazy gaga Ladies” is universal in its interpretation! 😀

            I really wanted to know what you said, Nadia, so I visited Mr. Google Translate. 😉 If I may say, as someone who doesn’t speak another language (unless you consider HTML another language 😉 ), please don’t hold back on joining the discussions because of language. We have so many tools at our disposal to be able to understand one another, language should be the last thing that keeps us from coming together.

            I continue to be amazed, after being out in cyberspace for the better part of 18 years, at how we can all be together and share our common interests, whether we are in France, Australia, Serbia, Brazil, Malaysia, the US or anywhere else in the world. I have, over the years, met and become friends with folks on-line in so many places on our planet. Some places that I didn’t even know existed! We helped each other when a language barrier came up, and have since remained great friends.

            Let’s not let language be the barrier that keeps us from discovering friends we haven’t yet met. 🙂

          • Oh, cool. Google Translate just got a workout! And it is lovely to “hear” your voices! 🙂
            And I get to learn some French in the bargain.
            Thanks! 🙂

            • It’s a small world after all, it’s a small world after all, it’s a small, small world!! 😀 Yes, the Internet allows us to make contact with like-minded people all over the world, to establish a world-wide community of friends. And I agree, we should not let language be a barrier, because there are many tools that we can use to overcome that. Not to mention it helps us become familiar with/brush up on other languages than our own. I love translating the French comments by myself and just looking up the words/phrases that trip me up. 😉

              I love language anyway (have y’all noticed?) and learning about other customs and cultures (social studies was always a favorite subject in school). And I think the Richard Armitage fan community is, like the man himself, a real lulu. 😀

              • Nadia took the words right out of my fingertips! 🙂

                OK, Angie, now you’ve stuck that song in my head. *chuckle*

              • I had fun trying to figure out the meaning of the French comments too! I understood much of it thanks to the remnants of my knowledge of the Italian language! 🙂

              • That’s the great thing about the Romance languages–their Latin origin makes it easier to decipher one language if you are familiar with another. And they all sound so beautiful rolling off the tongue.

          • Eh bien, Soyez les Bienvenus à toutes et à tous, en n’importe quelle langue. J’adore lire un peu de français ici. Ce n’est pas la perfection de langue qui compte. Nous autres Américains nous faisons pas mal de fautes et nous avons bien des difficultés à nous exprimer quand nous essayons de parler français. Ce qui comptent ce sont les idées, les sentiments, l’amitié, l’enthousiasme, et l’appréciation qu’on exprime à propos de notre muse, le NE PLUS ULTRA, M. Armitage, et de notre “Hôtesse de blog” Angie.

            Ayant pris ma retraite il y a douze ans, j’aime bien faire une visite ici tous les jours pour écouter la conversation des jeunes et pour voir jusqu’où la créativité d’Angie l’a poussée aujourd’hui. Et je vous remercie d’avoir sauté le pas et de faire partie de notre communauté, où moi, bien que grise et grand-mère, je m’amuse énormément! Toutes les fans de RA n’ont pas vingt ou trente ans!

            • Avez-vous une origine française Lynnelou ou peut-être avez-vous été professeur de français ? Une des plus grandes difficultés de la langue française est la syntaxe et la vôtre est remarquable !
              Comme vous le dites si bien, l’enthousiasme, l’amitié, l’esprit d’entraide et la créativité qui règnent dans notre petite communauté sont, à mes yeux, les valeurs les plus précieuses et la non maîtrise de la langue anglaise ne devrait pas être l’obstacle qui nous empêche de partager notre addiction pour cet acteur adorable.
              Pouvoir rencontrer des fans de RA du monde entier est stimulant pour le coeur et l’esprit et comme je l’ai déjà dit à Angie, Mr Armitage a des fans exceptionnel(les) !
              Merci Richard et merci Lynnelou.
              Amitiés,
              Nadia

  2. Oh dear, in southern German/Austrian dialect “Lulu machen” is baby speak for to pee, so no good connotations here 😉

  3. OK, class … let’s review what we’ve learned today … 😉

    Lulu = good in American English, French, Polish
    Lulu = not-so-good in southern German/Austrian dialect

    Any other languages want to weigh-in with whether “lulu” has a good or a not-so-good connotation?

    It must be back-to-school time. I’m in such a learning mood. 😉

  4. I thought Lulu was only a name (there is an opera about a prostitute called Lulu), I didn’t realize it meant anything. Love the educational aspect of this blog!

    • It’s a slang term, technically (Word a day is doing slang all week) and one you don’t hear a huge amount, but it’s definitely a good thing. Remember, I used to be a teacher 😉 And journalists like to think they are educating the public, too. 😀

  5. Synonyms listed are for a woman, but I think some of them apply equally to Richard: stunner, sweetheart, knockout, beauty, looker, dish. 🙂

    I can’t help but think when I look at the photo above that he would have to stoop down like that to hug me, ‘cos I’m a shortie. 😉

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