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.


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."