Post by Lewis Post by Sam Plusnet
A BBC report on the situation in Jordan contained the following quote
from a Jordanian journalist.
"The former crown prince is also seen as popular. He has a very candid
resemblance to his father, King Hussein, and he is also very popular
with the local tribes," she said.
Not a native speaker, I would guess.
Candid means truthful and straightforward, and I could see the misuse
above being thought to make sense in that statement.
The phrase is rare, but there are examples from native speakers.
"...had a certain candid resemblance to the sitter's and the sketch
caused a considerable stir and some amusement in the family.
About the same time I made another drawing..."
Adrian Daintrey, F. R. B., in /The Artist/ (1971)
"Candid" there might mean "revealing the author's attitude toward the
"Honey concluded that the strategies the girls used in /Wizardry/ bore a
remarkably candid resemblance to the kinds of strategies that girls and
women use in gender over-determined real-life situations."
[I'd have written "gender-overdetermined" if I knew what it meant.]
/Ghosts in the Machine: Women's Voices in Research with
All the authors have names that suggest native speakers. That
sentence is probably from the article by Katie McMillan Culp and
"The first picture was a picture of her mother $hantey Money,
reminding him of Queen Latifah with a twist of Missy Elliott. He
couldn't believe the candid resemblance between STARR and her
mother $hantey Money in their eyes and smile."
Theresa Vernell, /Jazz1café: Volume I: the Neosoul STARR (Featuring Soulshine
("$hantey Money" is apparently a singer's stage name, and I'll bet the
first name is pronounced /SAn'teI/ "ShahnTAY".)
I also looked for "frank resemblance". That occurred a couple of times
in medicine, seemingly using "frank" in the medical sense "obvious",
which may provide a hint about how "candid" might mean "obvious" to