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Non person

Posted by ESC on November 01, 2003

In Reply to: Non person posted by Alan on November 01, 2003

: Seeking Help

: Many years ago I worked in Sotland. A Glaswegian friend used a word to describe a colleague. I asked what it meant and was told that it described a person who, on entering a room, gave the impression someone had just left. Sadly I forgot the word and have often felt the need of it.

: Can anyone help, does it exist or was I having my leg pulled?

Could it be "persona non grata." From Merriam-Webster online:
Main Entry: non gra.ta
Pronunciation: p&r-'sO-n&-"nän-'gra-t&, -'grä-
Function: adjective
Etymology: New Latin, unacceptable person
Date: 1904
: personally unacceptable or unwelcome

Or could it be:

Mr. Cellophane
(From "Chicago")

If someone stood up in a crowd
And raised his voice up way out loud
And waved his arm and shook his leg
You'd notice him
If someone in the movie show
Yelled "Fire in the second row
This whole place is a powder keg!"
You'd notice him

And even without clucking like a hen
Everyone gets noticed, now and then,
Unless, of course, that personage should be
Invisible, inconsequential me!

Mister Cellophane
Shoulda been my name
Mister Cellophane
'Cause you can look right through me
Walk right by me
And never know I'm there...