macabre : Common Errors in English

About macabre

“Macabre” is a French-derived word which in its original language has the final “ruh” sound lightly pronounced. Those who know this are likely to scorn those who pronounce the word “muh-COB.” But this latter pronunciation is very popular and blessed by some American dictionaries, and those who prefer it sometimes view the French-derived pronunciation as pretentious. It’s up to you whether you want to risk being considered ignorant or snooty.

macabre Meaning(s)

  • (s) shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

macabre in News

  1. 'Addams Family' musical to snap to life at Fox

    If you like your macabre mixed with humor and a touch of musical theater, then 'The Addams Family' is for you. It's at Detroit's Fox Theatre this weekend.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Detroit News

  2. Unseam’d pulls some of the Shakespeare out of ‘Tempest’

    By Alice T. Carter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review After directing a macabre, post-apocalyptic, gender-bending “Macbeth” for three performers in 2009 and re-creating “Othello” as “Othello Noir,” with film noir touches in 2006, director ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Mckeesport Daily News

  3. Parents at New York private school call suicide note assignment 'inappropriate'

    Young teens at a pricey private school on New York City's Upper West Side were asked to write first-person suicide notes — a macabre assignment that some of their parents have blasted as "inapp
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Fox News

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