Nosegay

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For some odd reason, “nosegay” has been stuck in my head for days. I had to look it up.

Ye olde Wikipedia says:

A nosegay, tussie-mussie, or posy is a small flower bouquet, typically given as a gift. They have existed in some form since at least medieval times, when they were carried or worn around the head or bodice. The term nosegay arose in fifteenth-century Middle English as a combination of nose and gay (which then meant “ornament”). So a nosegay was an ornament that appeals to the nose or nostril.

Now, “tussie-mussie” is quite a little combo:

The term tussie-mussie comes from the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901), when the small bouquets became a popular fashion accessory. Typically, tussie-mussies include floral symbolism from the language of flowers, and therefore may be used to send a message to the recipient. (Wikipedia)

That defined, I have to say I’m not really a tussie-mussie kind of lady.

The lovely lady above is A Lady with a Nosegay (circa 1525) by Francesco Bacchiacca (1494–1557).

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