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Visual Vocabulary: Approbation & Louche

Approbation: approval or praise.
Louche: of questionable taste or morality. (Pronounced “loosh”)

As in, “The old man's “major award” received the approbation of the Cleveland Street neighbors, even though my mother thought it was positively louche.”

Visual Vocabulary: approbation and louche, Julie Rado Design


I mean, Christmas is almost upon us, so I felt it was ok to keep going with the Christmas theme. And what better way than to pay homage with everyone's favorite sexed-up plastic feat of lighting ingenuity? Fun fact: for the past two years during Christmas time, I would pass a leg lamp proudly displayed in a picture window every night on my way home from work. It made me so happy, and it got bonus points in my book because it was directly across the street from an elementary school. Someone new must have moved in, because now there’s just a flat screen TV and a CFL bulb that burns my retinas every time I look. Nothing like the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window from years past. So here’s to you, leg lamp. Keep doing those lunges and staying sassy.

Visual Vocabulary is a project I created for myself in which I attempt to sear new words into my memory by illustrating them. You can see all of them here, and read more about the process behind them here.