Music Word of the Day

froufrou n. 

a rustling especially of a woman’s skirts

: showy or frilly ornamentation

This man displays a surprising amount of froufrou while dancing (to Frou Frou).

metier n. 

1 : vocation, trade

: an area of activity in which one excels : forte

Writing songs about failed relationships is Taylor Swift’s metier.

lackluster adj. : lacking in sheen, brilliance, or vitality : dull, mediocre

I just had this conversation on Facebook this week: some people find the music of Damien Rice lackluster, but I find it mesmerizing.

inchmeal adv. : little-by-little, gradually

I didn’t like Nine Inch Nails much in its heyday, but Trent Reznor’s music has become much more vital to me inchmeal over the years.


kanban n. : a manufacturing strategy wherein parts are produced or delivered only as needed

Bjork’s robotics factory relies on kanban to ensure that the production of each robot is efficient, precise and sexy.

taradiddle n.

1 : a trivial or childish lie : fib

2 : pretentious nonsense

I cannot tell a taradiddle: I love The Band Perry.

abhor v. : to regard with extreme repugnance : loathe

I used to think I abhorred Ke$ha. Will her new zany video be enough to change my mind?

remuneration n. : compensation, payment

Ke$ha quit her job as a waitress because the remuneration wasn’t worth the sexual harassment. 

realia n. plural : objects or activities used to relate classroom teaching to the real life especially of peoples studied

"Boring realia one more time?" thought Britney Spears, before dancing out of the classroom.

Apollonian adj. 

: of, relating to, or resembling the god Apollo

: harmonious, measured, ordered, or balanced in character

I can’t say for sure if Apollonia was Apollonian in her looks, but her work with her backup singers was anything but.