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The meaning and origin of the expression: Picture-perfect


What's the meaning of the phrase 'Picture perfect'?

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A faultless image.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Picture perfect'?

This phrase alludes to the idealized settings and composition of wedding photographs, in which every detail is managed to obtain a perfect result.

The phrase 'Picture perfect' - meaning and origin.Oddly, the Edwardian wedding photographs which are the source of the phrase 'picture perfect' look rather dour to 21st century eyes. The bride and groom were instructed not to smile as the long exposure required them to maintain the same expression for around 20 seconds.

The phrase was coined in the USA in the early 20th century; for example, this piece in the 'Savannah Social News' column of the Georgia newspaper The Atlanta Constitution, January 1909:

"Exquisite decoration made the setting for the wedding picture perfect, quantities of lovely flowers being used in the adornment of the four rooms."

The phrase didn't catch on at the time though and was rarely used again until the late 20th century.

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