There have been a lot of ‘Setlock’ photos showing up on the web (I see them

on pinterest a lot!) The filming of the 3rd season of BBC Sherlock had begun! This word, soigné, was originally an April word of the day but thought it was appropriate with May weddings and flowers and Sherlock season 03 (which also features a wedding as revealed in ‘Setlock’ photos!)

I think Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock would be a “gentleman of soigné appearance”
soigné \swahn-YEY; Fr. swa-NYEY\ , adjective: 
1. carefully or elegantly done, operated, or designed.
2. well-groomed.
Soigné came to English in the 1800s from the French word soigner meaning “take care of.”

I saw…books being borrowed from the library by gentlemen of soigné appearance.
— W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz, 2001

A moment later the lights dimmed, the orchestra struck up the prelude and the curtain slid smoothly up. Later, during the intermission, Hearn took a cup of hot chocolate and mingled with the soigné crowd.
— Eric Van Lustbader, The Bourne Legacy, 2010


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