Diana Prince, better known as Wonder Woman, is a DC Comics superhero as “beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, stronger than Hercules, and swifter than Mercury.” Today her iconic costume received a super duper makeover. Among the highlights: the addition ofA leggings and a jacket.
Before the Amazon princess dons her new duds, let’s pay tribute to the semantic quandary that is her classic costume. Since 1941, it has been incredibly difficult to find accurate words to describe Wonder Woman’s outfit. Is this trait one of her superpowers? Perhaps the amazing abilities of the dictionary can overcome befuddlement.
Starting with what we know, Wonder Woman wields the Lasso (derived from the Latin for “noose”) of Truth, also known as the Lariat (another word for lasso) of Hestia (Greek Goddess of the home.) She wears a magical tiara, “a jeweled, ornamental coronet (crown) worn by women.” And she wears the talaria, or winged sandals belonging to Hermes, the Greek messenger god. She also has bulletproof bracelets and an invisible plane, but those items don’t offer as many opportunities to explore fun vocabulary.
Her attire is where the naming challenges begin. She wears a top that sometimes seems metallic and sometimes like fabric, somewhere between a bikini and armor. Let’s explore some of the great terms that may help:
A breastplate is “a piece of plate armor partially or completely covering the front of the torso.” Cuirass may be the perfect word: “defensive armor for the torso comprising a breastplate and backplate, originally made of leather.” But that definition feels too bulky.
Maybe she really is just wearing some kind of magical leotard, “a skintight, one-piece garment for the torso, having a high or low neck, long or short sleeves, and a lower portion resembling either briefs or tights, worn by acrobats, dancers, etc.” The origin of the term leotard is the French trapeze artist Jules Léotard, who was one of the first to wear the skintight clothing. (“Trapeze” is related to trapezoid, by the way.)
Looking at her whole outfit, one might be moved to just give up and say that she’s wearing some sort of baroque bikini. Take a moment to consider the dramatic origin of the fashion term bikini. The creators of the two-piece swimsuit, Louis Réard and Jacques Heim, named it after the Bikini Atoll, an island where the United States tested the atomic bomb. The assumption is that the designers intended the suit to have the equivalent effect of a nuclear strike. Hardly an etymology fitting for Wonder Woman.
And here ends our quest for an accurate description. Perhaps the words don’t exist in the mortal dictionary, but can only be found on Paradise Island, the mythical comic book land Diana calls home.
If you’re curious to see Wonder Woman’s new look, click here.
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She must not be too wise or she’d know better than to run around in her underware.
NOPE! NO! NO! NO! Don’t like it nearly as well!!! Just not…!!!
My uncle used to call her the Brass Bra Kid. Well, you KNOW she wasn’t going to get a chest hit wearing that fortress.
Women try to wear their bikinis as armor, sometimes.
I run around in my underware…… (but of course i have clothes over the top).. ha ha ha ha
It was Lynda Carter that put the wonder in Wonder Woman for me. I remember having a huge crush on her when I was a kid. I was awe struck by her beauty, the sheer stockings she wore, were like a gloss coat that highlighted her voluptuous legs and the blue and white starry bottoms accentuated all the right cures. As for the “makeover” it isn’t working for me, Wonder Woman almost looks medieval, gaudy even. Although this is a new look,to me, it appears quite dated.
I sure have learnt a lot….
I think you will find that the reason the bikini is named after the Bikini Atoll is that until prior to the nuclear test(s), this atoll was a single island, rather than two islands (islets?) as it became after being torn asunder.
Of course, the bikini swimsuit is a two-piece item… except at a topless beach of course….
Could be wrong, but it rings a bell…
yes u have learned a lot.. not just my vocab either!
have ou learnt a lot of useles info about bras’ and Bikinis’ too?????
interesting blog aye!
To Stacey….hahahahaha… you have a point there!!!
To wILLIam… Hey yeah…. I agree!! Makes learning new words sort of intersting!!):
But it apparently isn’t a good place to learn spelling Ironic, no?
Btw, I think the whole thing is stupid. Just retcon her whole story so we can make her into something else? Ridiculous and self-serving.
The new outfit makes her look like a goth Spider Woman. Not a fan.
Your correct use of “comprise”–how refreshing! (OK,OK, that’s probably a fragment.)
The new attire gives me the impression that Diana is playing it safe and dressing as if she is on her way to an interview after applying for the job of Wonder Woman, knowing a more practical costume will be engineered for her by the girls in the tech department. The loose jacket would give her foes another easy handle to grasp onto her torso during combat. Ahh ! Never mind. Clearly she prefers the jacket to be the more accessible grip point. And, the fabric probably tears away while her other vulnerable areas…I must go to check my codpiece.
The old outfit was a killer corset with accessories to die for. The new one unfortunately makes her look like Wonder Slut with a Goth edge. She won’t have to attack the forces of evil the outfit will scare them away1!!
you be carefull what you say about AJS and his/her unerware…..
She looks like a reject from TWILIGHT!
I am totally against that new look. Desperate attempt by DC and Warner to modernize her look so that they could make her more acceptable for the upcoming movie. What’s so wrong about the old Lynda Carter look???
I love greek mythology, and amazons were in greek mythology. A greek warrior (I can’t remember his name at current.) found them, after that, he ran in to a cyclops. Funny story there, look it up.
P.S. I’m only 11.
P.P.S. I love superheroes.
P.P.P.S. Hate the new look. Although I do say “Modest is Hottest”, Wonder Woman should be an Amazon. Not a businesswoman.
GREAT, FOR 2012!