Words: callipygous, adj.
Thursday 25 February 1999
"One-armed attempts to revive a word rarely succeed," says Barnes: an Aldous Huxley letter announced his campaign, and callipygous recurs in his fiction ("one does not fall in love with a loud speaker however attractively callipygous"). Wodehouse picked it up, but the entry misses Anthony Burgess - and Humbert's fantasy of "helping a callypygean slave child to climb a column of onyx". Barnes surmises that Nabokov read Huxley and took it for common parlance.
We owe it to Huxley's shade to speak of the callipygous Gwyneth Paltrow.
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