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Why does the word “ugly” sound so…well…ugly?

And why are ugly things more often than not described with an “un” attached? For some obvious examples:

Unpleasant. Unappetizing.  Unfortunate.  Unattractive.  Unsightly.

The origin of the word “ugly” apparently comes from the Old Norse for “fear” or “dread.”

But the word “sublime” — associated with achingly beautiful natural landscapes — also is meant to communicate the awe (even fear) awakened by such beauty.

Maybe the correct answer to the attention-craving question “Am I Pretty or Ugly?” is BOTH!

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