Sunday, May 18, 2014

Evocative French Word

manqué, adjective - failing to live up to a specific ambition or desire; failing to become what one might have been.  (manquér literally means to miss in French).

usage - John was so promising when he was young, but he only acts in those dreadful exploitation films these days.  He is an actor manqué.

5 comments:

Tamago said...

Useful word to remember!

susie said...

Maybe John makes up for it in other ways. Maybe he's great on Rollerblades! Overachievers are so tiresome.

Patience_Crabstick said...

This is a useful word and I do see it in print from time to time, but I've never heard anyone use it while speaking.

Laoch of Chicago said...

tamago, it's a little offbeat.

susie, balance is important.

pc, you should introduce it during your trip.

Stephanie said...

If I heard it, I would assume the speaker was mispronouncing "monkey," which might also be appropriate. "He was so promising when he was young, but now he's an actor monkey."