This is one of those words that are just so fun to say. Go on…churlish. Drawing it out is especially fun (though I don’t suggest it, unless you want to sound a bit ridiculously or if no one else is around). It means simply to be rude in a mean-spirited way. It comes from the 12th century, and originally meant of or resembling a churl, which was a medieval peasant. I heard it while watching a Q&A session about the widely popular BBC series that aired on PBS, Sherlock. Someone asked what Benedict Cumberbatch (who plays the title role in the series) thought about the fact that yet another new series is in production featuring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s timeless characters, but set in New York. The American series, named Elementary stars the brilliant Jonny Lee Miller (he starred in the all too short lived series, Eli Stone. Check it out on Netflix). Mr. Miller and Mr. Cumberbatch were costars on the London stage, in Frankenstein. The latter’s comment was, “It’s fine. It’ll be different and I don’t think it’ll take away the love for ours, and there’s no reason to be churlish or bitter about them or what they’re trying to do.” Isn’t that just the perfect thing to say? You read a bit about the interview here. I do hope if you choose to comment, your thoughts will not be churlish.

6 thoughts on “Churlish

  1. I love that word. I think that everyone should say ‘Churlish’ when they pose for photos instead of ‘Cheese!’
    I also think that there is entirely too much churlishness going on in the world today.

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