Posted: 30 March 2013 07:45 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I saw this word on a billboard for moisturizer. I thought they might be promising it won’t make you look funny but it turns out comedogenic means “tending to cause acne”.

Posted: 30 March 2013 11:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Yes, I saw the title and thought ‘born to the comedy’ or ‘born to comedy’, prompted by a vague recollection of Gibbon and one of the Byzantine Emperors with the cognomen Porphyrogenitus, ‘born to the purple’, ie the issue of a reigning emperor. Although come to think of it I guess the equivalent would be ‘born to the revolving bow-tie’ or ‘born to the exploding cigar’.

Ah, I see from Wikipedia that it was Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos, 913-959, son of Leo VI.

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