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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

bespoke

\bih-SPOHK\ , adjective;
1.
Made to individual order; custom-made.
2.
Of the making or selling such clothes.
3.
(Archaic:) Engaged to be married; spoken for.
Quotes:
Because of this, he could barely read, and his writing - a bespoke system of hieroglyphics legible only to him - as good as determined his job on the factory line.
-- Helen Walsh, Once upon a time in England
Other efforts to commandeer cell signalling have tended to be "one-offs of bespoke engineering", he says, whereas Smolke's circuit can be used to tap into a wide range of biological pathways in different types of cells.
-- Ewen Callaway, "Bespoke genetic circuits rewire human cells," Nature.com, November, 2010.
Origin:
Bespoke is an artifact of the archaic English verb bespeak, "to arrange beforehand."
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