Mandarin Prose

Mandarin – (adj.) marked by polished ornate complexity of language

mandarin duck

From Merriam-Webster Word of the Day comes a word with Sanskrit and Portuguese ancestry used to describe a Chinese official. As an adjective, it describes a poem. At least I think it does because poetry is really distilled language. The perfect word for the right image, action, or description. Maybe poetry isn’t ornate all the time. Maybe it’s simply complex.

Isn’t that ducky?


About Sandy Green

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