Student or Learner
1) May I know what does 'boutique hotel' mean?
2) What does 'much-mocked' mean in the following sentence?
"She is best known for 'much-mocked' appearance in reality TV show."
3) What is the difference in meaning of the following sentences?
a) Do not buy this on my account.
b) Do not buy this to my account.
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1) The entry for the word "boutique" from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition) might help you to shed some light on the meaning of the phrase "boutique hotel."
boutique SYLLABICATION:bou·tiquePRONUNCIATION: b-tkNOUN:1a. A small retail shop that specializes in gifts, fashionable clothes, accessories, or food, for example. b. A small shop located within a large department store or supermarket. 2. A small business offering specialized products and services: an investment boutique; a health-care boutique. ETYMOLOGY:French, from Old French botique, small shop, from Old Provençal botica, from Latin apothca, storehouse. See apothecary
If it were the name of a hotel, then one would expect "Hotel Boutique." In any event, your guess is as good as mine.
2) To mock means to ridicule, or "to make fun of." Thus, much-mocked (playing on the alliteration of the 'm') = often ridiculed.
3) a) "Do not buy this on my account." means: Don't buy this either for me or with me in mind.
b) "Do not buy this to my account." makes no sense -- at least in American usage.
But .. "Do not charge this to my account." would mean: Don't use my (financial) account to pay for this item.