gaudy gaudí?


 

After seeing this building, Hein posed a very interesting question: does the word gaudy come from Gaudi? I found this in the Alpha Dictionary

‘There is an urban myth that the eponym of the word gaudy is the 19th century art nouveau Spanish (Catalan) architect Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (1852-1926). The adjectivegaudy, however, was in use long before Gaudí was born, sometime before 1434. The word actually comes from Old French gaudir “to rejoice, make merry, to jest, scoff at” from late Latin gaudre “to rejoice”, a descendant of Latin gaudere “rejoice, be joyful”. It is close kin to Greek ganusthai “to rejoice” with an infixed N.’

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