May 29, 2017
chagrin (noun)
\shuh-GRIN\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a feeling of being annoyed by failure or disappointment
How do you use it?
"Holmes had taken out his watch, and as minute followed minute without result, an expression of the utmost chagrin and disappointment appeared upon his features." (Arthur Conan Doyle, _A Study in Scarlet_)
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English speakers borrowed "chagrin" from another language. What language do you think gave us "chagrin"?

"Chagrin" comes from French, in which it means "grief," "sorrow," or essentially the same thing as English "chagrin," and in which it is also an adjective meaning "sad." Some etymologists have linked this "chagrin" with another French "chagrin," meaning "rough leather" or "rough skin." Supposedly, the rough leather used to rub, polish, or file became a metaphor in French for agitating situations. English-speakers have also adopted the leathery "chagrin" into our language but have altered the spelling to "shagreen."
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