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Innuendo The Word that Is Its Definition

Updated on September 15, 2014
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Jeff Johnston is a medieval reenactor and avid history fan. He is also the publisher at Living History Publications.

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The Best Word in The English Language?

The English Language is one of the most interesting languages of mankind in my opinion, with its many oddities and "flexible" rules. There are many interesting and unique words in the English Language that can be amusing to say the least. One of my personal favourite words is Innuendo, its a word that, in itself, seems harmless and describes a certain flirty side to how one can imply so much with a simple turn of phrase. Innuendo is so much more specific than simple double entendre, which is itself a fun and interesting facet of language. Despite the interesting nature of the word innuendo, those are not the reasons its one of my favourite words, the reason I so love innuendo, is that the word itself is a double entendre, and more specifically an innuendo.


The Definition

The Merriam-Webster defines innuedo as:

Definition of INNUENDO

1

a : an oblique allusion : hint, insinuation; especially : a veiled or equivocal reflection on character or reputation b : the use of such allusions

2

: a parenthetical explanation introduced into the text of a legal document

See innuendo defined for English-language learners

See innuendo defined for kids

Examples of INNUENDO

His reputation has been damaged by innuendos about his drinking and gambling.

His reputation has been damaged by innuendo.

The movie relies on sexual innuendo for its humor.

Origin of INNUENDO

Latin, by nodding, from innuere to nod to, make a sign to, from in- + nuere to nod; akin to Latin nutare to nod - more at numen

First Known Use: 1678

The Innuendo of Innuendos

As I stated before, the beauty of the word innuendo is that it is infact an innuendo in itself, it is a double entendre of a sexual nature. If you doubt me, just think of the pronunciation as In-You-End-Ohhhh! Oh I know, its sophomoric and worthy only of the school yard, but that is exactly my point. Its as if someone went to a school yard to determine the best word to use to describe an innuendo. I find this terribly amusing, almost embarrassingly so since the joke is in such poor taste.

What's the Best Example of Innuendo You Know Of?

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      Naomi 

      3 years ago

      Gee and the plot thickens For those that DON't know Obama and his band of merry thugs paid close to $2 moililn to keep all of Obama's past records safe and sound. And to think he whined about Romney's tax returns which ARE submitted to our Public IRS for very careful scrutiny So YES let's be fair Let's do some research and investiagate further what else O has been hiding Closet queen? That's his choice BUTTTT..Harrassment total different story.. And no I am not homophobic at all But I hate people who lie and hide. Especially if they are running our country. So, what else are they hiding

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      London 

      3 years ago

      To the person who ssggeuted what's wrong with changing your mind ummmmm Are people that uninformed? He didn't just change his mind He's been LYING TO EVERYONE!! Huge difference Did anyone read the book Sinclair wrote years ago? And the two choir people who turned up dead? And the fact tha he belonged to a gay club ummm No, he didn't changed his mind he FINALYY got his back up against the wall. My guess if someone said they'd expose him if he didn't come out and say that..He didn't change his mind either about our attack on our embassy. He blatently LIED about that too If the news in the UK knew something was going to happen (and yes, do some research!!) and we were warned (DO MORE research!) then he'd rather fly a plane to Hollywood l- Tell me of another president who has spent so much money Preening in front of th TV Yo Bud!! Ya gota job to do a country to run..l

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      orange3 lm 

      6 years ago

      Great idea for a lens! Fun to read.

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      jimmyworldstar 

      6 years ago

      I had a friend in college who was quite sheltered and never understood the innuendo of what others were saying or what he said sometimes. Provided a great deal of laughs for us all.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      6 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Fun - enjoyed the word play!!

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      BusyMOM LM 

      6 years ago

      Love this! I've always been interested in the the complexities of our gosh darn language. I'm bookmarking this for my son who is a great one at communicating through innuendos!

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