Definition of arsy-versy in English:
- This book presents waste as an aesthetic category that introduces an arsy-versy world where detritus is precious.
- I try to do it in a kind of arsy-versy way with my system of having an assistant director.
- The creator of these arsy-versy architectonic visions aims explicitly for ambiguity. ‘What fascinates me is how the photographic image can be manipulated.'
topsy-turvy from (early 16th century):
Things have been topsy-turvy since at least 1528. The term is probably based on top and turve, an old word meaning ‘to topple over, overturn’; the extra -ys are similar to those in hurly-burly (M16th from ‘hurling’ meaning ‘commotion’) and arsy-versy (also M16th, from arse and Latin versus, ‘turned’).
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