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violetriga
388437.  Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:25 pm Reply with quote

Begun life as Grammar, then gained a secondary meaning of Magic.

Some good stuff on Answers.com here, including mention of this being the preferred spelling even in America.

 
Flash
388508.  Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:07 pm Reply with quote

In the world of photography the word seems to mean quite different things in US and British English. In the UK 'glamour photography' is very specifically page 3-style stuff, and the term is never used to describe either fashion photography or pornography. In the US it seems to mean something like 'beauty', without the connotation of partial nudity.

There has also been a shift of meaning in its meaning in general use in my lifetime; as far as I recall, it used to be a pejorative term when I were a nipper (sometimes, anyway) - ie something or someone whose attractiveness was superficial and false. Nowadays you only really hear it used as a term of approbation.

 
Arcane
388557.  Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:08 pm Reply with quote

In witchcraft, to affect a "glamour" was to make your appearance different to that of your own. People would "believe" you looked a certain way whilst retaining your actual face.

From the Spiritual Dictionary:

glamour: Glamour is the art of enchantment. In occult lore, glamour is the ability to create an illusion around a person, place, or thing. In legend, the art of glamour was used to make the old appear young or to disguise one's appearance in different ways. It was also used to hide or camouflage something and to make one thing appear to be another.

 
bugbear
388789.  Fri Aug 01, 2008 11:32 am Reply with quote

Flash wrote:
In the UK 'glamour photography' is very specifically page 3-style stuff, and the term is never used to describe either fashion photography or pornography.


I think "glamour photogaphy" should be considered a compound noun; it is common for these to have a very specific meaning over and above the intersection or compounding of the roots.

So I don't think this should be used to infer that "glamour" has a different meaning (in general) in the UK.

BugBear

 
Flash
388915.  Sat Aug 02, 2008 5:26 am Reply with quote

Yes, I agree with that.

 

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