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The obscure word of the week is ‘fig’, but not ‘fig’ as in fruit

August 8, 2017

This was so unusual I just had to share it.

Matthew Wright

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The obscure word this week is fig. No really.

Let me explain. Yes, it’s a well known type of fruit. But it had a meaning in the nineteenth century in reference to military uniform – from ‘figure’, as in ‘cut a fine figure’. It was also used to mean ‘condition’, as in ‘fine fig’. I’ve only ever seen it used in the military uniform sense by two authors – George McDonald Fraser, who correctly used it as a period term in his Flashman books – and by Christopher Lee in his autobiography.

Your challenge? Use today’s obscure word in a sentence, down in the comments.

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  1. The jacket’s fig was such that the wearer looked destitute…

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