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Word Wednesday Fun: Escutcheon

Escutcheon is such a great word!

Escutcheon is not one of those regular聽humdrum boring words! 聽You may be tearing your hair out wondering where on earth did he find that word! Or, maybe not 馃檪

It’s the name of one of the newest WordPress themes. I was taking a good look at it in readiness to launch my book page as soon as my聽Operation Julie: Inside and Undercover聽memoir is closer to publication date.

However, the theme name has no bearing on either the theme itself or the way it looks!

Following the usual format, the聽Merriam-Webster聽definition appears first followed by the Urban Dictionary entry.


noun es路cutch路eon \is-藞k蓹-ch蓹n\


Popularity: Bottom 40% of words
  1. 聽a defined area on which armorial bearings are displayed and which usually consists of a shield

  2. 聽a protective or ornamental plate or flange (as around a keyhole)

  3. 聽the part of a ship’s stern on which the name is displayed


Middle English escochon, from Anglo-French escuchoun, from Vulgar Latin*scution-, scutio, from Latin scutum shield 鈥 more at esquire
First Known Use: 15th century



Medical Definition

  • :聽 the configuration of adult pubic hair

    And now for the often irreverent, ribald and possibly dubious entries within the聽Urban Dictionary聽–


    The area between the rectum and udder of a cow, when tickled may induce the heifer to urinate.

    I tickled my girls escutcheon while she was asleep last night, now I have to change my friggen sheets!

    by Dirty Nick January 13, 2006

I leave you with that thought firmly planted in your imagination. Have fun! See you next Wednesday with another fun word.

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What a load of bull! 馃檪



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  1. I haven’t thought of this word in some time. In an earlier career, I installed custom car radios in vehicles. I was intimately familiar with a wide variety of escutcheon styles. 馃檪

  2. The way I see it, Urban Dictionary simply puts language in context (especially since those UD entries are clearly echoing the – more boring, staid – “medical” definitions).

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