Weekly Word: Impeccable

I’d  like to say I don’t watch much tv, but the truth is, I can watch marathons of BBC mysteries and crime dramas with no trouble at all.  If staying indoors is my own idea, no problem.  If I’m sick and stuck inside, that’s a different torture.

I’ve been watching Foyle’s War and Agatha Christie’s Poirot from the beginning.  I’ve seen both of these programs before, but find them so well done and so classic, I needed to watch them again.  Also on the list of programs I’ve been watching are Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Call the Midwife.  The the thing I enjoy the most about period programs are the wardrobes.  The women in their beautifully tailored dresses and suits, always impeccably dressed.  My mother would say they are smartly dressed or  “put together”.

In our modern society, we rarely are smartly dressed when going out.  Too often yoga pants and a tank top are worn everywhere, except going to yoga. The girls in my office dress so inappropriately, that immersing myself in these programs and their impeccable attires is a bit of an escape.  I’ve been making some notes on a post about how we dress, so consider this a prelude.

When thinking about the word impeccable, most often we mean faultless, which is the meaning it took on a hundred years after its first use.  I was a little surprised to find the original meaning, dating from 1531, is that of being not capable of, or liable to sin; exempt from the possibility of sinning.  It’s the earlier use that I am having the most trouble wrapping my head around.  Being exempt from the possibility of sin.  That seems an impossible task.  There are so many things now in our everyday lives that were once unthinkable, certainly unimaginable.  Just about everything today would be a sin when thought of in 1531;  no doubt, the way we now dress would be at the top of that list.

Your mission today is to use the word impeccable.  Please let me know where you slip this in and which definition you went with.

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