Vocabulary: mien – the mien of a computer geek.


Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
Sentence: Confident, efficient, blessed with the mien and manner of a noble warrior—historian Patricia O'Toole wrote that his face "had features so fine he could have modeled for coinage"—Pinchot did not pause before beginning his "honest-to-God" effort to dry up Pennsylvania.
Page: 143

Word: mien (mēn)
Definition:
  • Bearing or manner, especially as it reveals an inner state of mind: "He was a Vietnam veteran with a haunted mien" (James Traub).
  • An appearance or aspect.
   Source: The Free Dictionary

Seems that ‘mien and manner’ is rather redundant. In looking for current usage of the two words together, I could only find them combined with ‘or’, mien or manner.

The origin of the word is interesting. I thought it might be German but the dictionaries say that it is the shortening of demean (to conduct or behave (oneself) ie. demeanor) but altered by association with the French mine (look, air).

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