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Visual Vocabulary: Meretricious

Meretricious: of, relating to, or characteristic of a prostitute. As in, “Say, Janie, don’t you think those boots are a little...meretricious?”

Visual Vocabulary: meretricious, Julie Rado Design


Haven’t we all had a gleam in our eye for lace-up, thigh-high red pleather hooker boots [or some other equally distasteful article from clothing from Rave] at one point in our lives? (Probably around the time we were 16?) Let’s be thankful for the friends who talked us out of dressing quite so meretriciously.... Alternatively, let’s be thankful for the friends who gleefully joined in dressing meretriciously so we wouldn’t feel alone. Which camp did you fall into??

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.