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Kinder, Kirche, Küche eburnean paterfamilias commination fainéant bricolage mission bottée zaftig scarificator wouldest inviolable stridulate tempora mutantur cataleptic pluvial hortatory verdure protoplast jejune eudemonistic patois John Bull Weltanschauung infrangible garde du corps indurate hoc opus, hic labor est halcyon rara avis mea culpa yellow press
Kinder, Kirche, Küche
KIN-duh KIR-chuh Kyoo-chuh
German folk saying that suggests the three pillars of a woman's life should be children, church, and the kitchen; a motto adopted by 20th Century German Nazis; literally: children, church, kitchen1962The Spy Who Loved MeShe was the daughter of a Heidelberg professor of philosophy, and the placid eyes that stared out of the snapshots he showed me, and the gleaming braided hair and trim dirndl, were a living advertisement for 'Kinder, Kirche, Küche.'1998Feminism, Film, Fascism...they demonstrate in diverse ways how the triad of Kinder, Kirche, Küche is politically inflected and enmeshed with the process of understanding the Nazi past
like ivory; having the color of ivory1888Love of the WoodlandPliny, soon his style mislaid, | Dogged Miletus' merry maid, | As she showed eburnean limbs | All-multiplied by brooklet brims
Labels: Victor Hugo
a father; male head of a clan, tribe, or household; a patriarch1869The IdiotEven the general, the paterfamilias, though astonished at first, suddenly declared that, 'upon his honour, he really believed he had fancied something of the kind, after all.1990The Stalking Horse And he, George Sert, artist of noble subjects, had been turned into a paterfamilias.2000O Brother, Where Art Thou?EVERETT: I'm the only damn daddy you got! I'm the damn paterfamilias!
a threat of punishment; a denunciation; a service of the Church of England dealing with God's wrath against sinners1874Far From the Maddening CrowdThe dog took no notice, for he had arrived at an age at which all superfluous barking was cynically avoided as a waste of breath—in fact, he never barked even at the sheep except to order, when it was done with an absolutely neutral countenance, as a sort of Commination-service, which, though offensive, had to be gone through once now and then to frighten the flock for their own good.1906The Incomplete AmoristHe's cursed me forever—Put it all down in black and white—a regular commination service.1918Wulf the SaxonEven the bishops and abbots of Norman blood disregarded the commination, and remained staunch to Harold.
a shiftless or idle person; a lazy or slothful person; a puppet ruler or ineffectual ruler1888Robert Elsmere...the old and fainéant rector of the parish church…1907A Fountain SealedPapa would rather have had Eddy work on the roads for his bread than turn him into a fainéant .'1938Geneva...Mr Winston Churchill, as a man of action, had to be substituted for the fainéants when the war was resumed…
art or literature created from a wide-range of influences or items at hand; a bricolage creation2004Free Culture Digital technologies launch a kind of bricolage, or 'free collage,' as Brown calls it.
Labels: Lawrence Lessig
a booted mission; a military expedition intending to use force against civilians1888On the Study of WordsThe atrocious attempt of Lewis XIV. to convert the Protestants in his dominions to the Roman Catholic faith by quartering dragoons upon them, with license to misuse to the uttermost those who refused to conform, this 'booted mission' (mission bottée), as it was facetiously called at the time, has bequeathed 'dragonnade' to the French language.
Labels: Richard C. Trench
full-figured1990Rabbit at RestWebb does like them zaftig.1995Second SkinOne year the zaftig look was in among models, the next year the waif was all the rage.2000Calculating GodI think Marilyn is lovely, but, well, she's quite curvy-zaftig, even.2000Auspicious Eggs (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 2000)Valerie Gallogher, his nephews' zaftig kindergarten teacher, seems on the verge of tears.
an instrument for making shallow cuts in skin1748Clarissa HarloweI thought thou hadst been more of a man; that thou art not afraid of an acute death, a sword's point, to be so plaugily hip'd at the consequences of a chronical one!—What though the scarificators work upon him day by day?2001The Fiery Cross'A scarificator,' the little man explained to Ulysses, with some pride, displaying his object. 'A great improvement over such crudities as lancets and fleams….'
second person singular past tense for the word "will"1889The Roots of the Mountains'Sweet kinswoman,' said he, 'tell me what it is that thou wouldest have of me.' And he was ill-at-ease as he waited for her answer.1896Old French RomancesThen the Maiden, the daughter of the Emperor, took oath of her according to the paynim law; and thereafter she told her what the letter said; and the damsel answered her: 'Lady, and what wouldest thou do?'1898Out of the TriangleIf the men of this ship were not so drunk, thou wouldest have little time to talk!
safe from violation1919Ten Days That Shook the WorldCitizens, soldiers, valorous Cossacks of the Don, of the Kuban, of the Transbaikal, of the Amur, of the Yenissei, to all you who have remained faithful to your oath I appeal; to you who have sworn to guard inviolable your oath of Cossack-I call upon you to save Petrograd from anarchy, from famine, from tyranny, and to save Russia from the indelible shame to which a handful of ignorant men, bought by the gold of Wilhelm, are trying to submit her.1922The Waste Land...yet there the nightingale Filled all the desert with inviolable voice…1996IdoruEchoes woke from the tiled floor, from the high beams surviving from an age that must once have seen the advent of Laney's kind or predecessors, their ecology of celebrity and the terrible and inviolable order of that food chain.
the production of sound by the rubbing together of body parts as done by the cricket or cicada1863The Naturalist on the River AmazonThey are the call-notes of the males. In the common field-cricket of Europe the male has been observed to place itself, in the evening, at the entrance of its burrow, and stridulate until a female approaches, when the louder notes are succeeded by a more subdued tone, while the successful musician caresses with his antennae the mate he has won.1871The Descent of ManAccording to Westring, Reduvius Personatus also stridulates.1947Consider Her Ways...all the rest of us would meanwhile move to a point half-way between our army and the hill; there, having halted, we should all stridulate so as at once to alarm the enemy…
the times are changing1869OverdaleHe was; but tempora mutantur, you know.1920A Poor Wise ManSome young whipper snapper who employed a handful of men had undertaken to show him where he, Anthony Cardew, was a clog in the wheel of progress. Not in so many words, but he had said: 'Tempora mutantur, Mr. Cardew. And the wise employer meets those changes half-way.
a medical state where the affected body cannot move its limbs1844The Premature BurialMethought I was immersed in a cataleptic trance of more than usual duration and profundity.1908The Camp of the DogHis sleep is very deep,' he whispered, seating himself by the door again. 'He's in a cataleptic condition, and the Double may be released any minute now.1970The Second Inquisition'I've told you, baby,' she said, 'and you'll never know more, God willing,' and pulling into our driveway with a screech that would have wakened the dead, she vaulted out of the car and through the back door into the kitchen, just as if my mother and father had both been asleep or in a cataleptic trance, like those in the works of E. A. Poe.
related to rain; characterized by an abundance of rain; an effect caused by rain1868The Seaboard ParishBut as I have now seen how matters are with the elements, and have had a good pluvial bath as well, I think I will go home and change my clothes.1999The ForlornThe surveyors hadn't been aware that the planet had millennia-long alternating pluvial and dry cycles.
inciting or strong urging; characterized by exhortation; very strong encouragement1969Magister Ludi, The Glass Bead GameHe admired the man's passion and fighting spirit, his wit, his hortatory style, his good looks and fine speech.1996The Stainless Steel Rat Goes To HellAll mouths mute as I raised the bottle and drank in dramatic silence. Then raised a hortatory finger.2001DreamcatcherHe didn't sing this but declaimed it in a loud, hortatory voice he hadn't realized was in his repertoire.
lush, green vegetation; the state of flourishing1901Ben HurThe birds took to wing joyously; beasts great and small went about, each in its way; the trees shook their verdurous branches, nodding to the enamoured winds; the rivers ran to the seas, and the seas tossed in their beds and rolled in crested waves, and with surging and ebbing painted the shores with glistening foam; and over all the clouds floated like sailed ships unanchored.1901The Man Who Was AfraidThe beautiful and mighty 'Yermak,' Gordyeeff's steam tow-boat, was rapidly floating down the current, and on each side the shores of the powerful and beautiful Volga were slowly moving past him—the left side, all bathed in sunshine, stretching itself to the very end of the sky like a pompous carpet of verdure; the right shore, its high banks overgrown with woods, swung skyward, sinking in stern repose.1916Flying for FranceThe ravishing beauty of the Val d'Ajol, the steep mountain sides bristling with a solid mass of giant pines, the myriads of glittering cascades tumbling downward through fairylike avenues of verdure, the roaring, tossing torrent at the foot of the slope—all this loveliness, seen from an airplane at 12,000 feet, fades into flat splotches of green traced with a tiny ribbon of silver.
a prototype; the first made of something1781Lives of the PoetsFootnote 172: Newspapers appear to have had an earlier date than here assigned. Cleiveland, in his Character of a London Diurnal, says, 'the original sinner of this kind was Dutch; Gallo-belgicus the Protoplast, and the Modern Mercuries but Hans en kelders.' Some intelligence given by Mercurius Gallo-belgicus is mentioned in Carew's Survey of Cornwall, p. 126, originally published in 1602. These vehicles of information are often mentioned in the plays of James and Charles the first. R. See Idler, Nº. 7, and note; and Idler, Nº. 40, and note. Ed.1886An Introduction to the Study of Browning's PoetryThose forms, unalterable first as last, proved him her copier, not the protoplast of nature: what could come of being free by action to exhibit tree for tree, bird, beast, for beast and bird, or prove earth bore one veritable man or woman more?2001Da Vinci RisingAnd nature, the protoplast of all man's creation, had not invented rotary motion.
uninteresting; insipid; dull1703A Voyage to New HollandIt has been Objected against me by some that my Accounts and Descriptions of Things are dry and jejune, not filled with variety of pleasant Matter to divert and gratify the Curious Reader. How far this is true, I must leave to the World to judge.1830Paul CliffordTo the former decent alternative she knew Paul's great and jejune aversion; and she consequently had little fear for his morals or his safety, in thus abandoning him for a while to chance.1842Dead SoulsInstantly it became plain that he at least was of an age of discretion, and not one of your jejune chatterboxes and harum-scarums; for, although his hair was still thick and black, he had long ago passed his fortieth year.1880A Tramp AbroadContrasted with the inconceivable antiquity of this modest fossil, those other things were flippantly modern—jejune—mere matters of day-before-yesterday.1922From a Bench in Our SquareJust as decidedly she was quaint and piquant and quite new to his jejune but also somewhat bored experience.1980CachalotHow jejune!
having the characteristics of an ethical system that evaluates action in terms of the action's capacity to produce happiness1908Bushido: The Soul of JapanI admit Bushido had its esoteric and exoteric teachings; these were eudemonistic, looking after the welfare and happiness of the commonalty, while those were aretaic, emphasizing the practice of virtues for their own sake.1914Problems of ConductIf any eudemonistic moralists have lived loosely, it was because they did not realize what really makes for happiness or had not strength of will to cleave to it, not because they saw happiness as the criterion.
a group's jargon; a group's slang; a dialect considered inferior1898The King's Jackal'It was good to see the clouds following each other across the old mountains and throwing black shadows on the campagna, and to hear the people's patois and to taste Messinian wine again and to know it was from your own hillside.1995Get ShortyMARTIN: Yeah. Kinda. Anyway, once I have the authentic sounds of speech, the rhythms, man, the patois…1999MonsterI used a library pay phone, called, and participated in a confused ninety-second conversation with a man who sounded very old, very gentle, and, from his patois, probably black.2003Blue HorizonXhia switched into the patois of the colony, a mixture of all the languages.
the personification of the English nation; an average Englishman1896Problems of PovertyWho is the person responsible for this state of things? John Bull is concrete, materialistic in his feeling and his reasoning.1969Flashman...my usual heartiness and general bluffness had earned me the name of being some-thing of a John Bull.1992UnforgivenCROCKER: Pretty damn good shootin'...for a John Bull.
a world view; a global perspective; a view of the universe and man's place in it1915The War and DemocracyThis is not the place in which to analyse in detail the outlook upon life (Weltanschauung) of the man in the street in modern Germany.1972Time's Last Gift...the man had a somewhat non-Homo sapiens Weltanschauung.1980A Confederacy of DuncesYou must realize the fear and hatred which my Weltanschauung instills in people.
unbreakable; hard to divide; inviolable1899Rosamund: Queen of the LombardsWhat if some oath constrain me, sworn in haste, Infrangible for shame's sake, sealed in heaven Inevitable? Ask now no more of me.1906London FilmsIt moves you more than any of those uniformed or cloaked images of warriors and statesmen, and it speaks more eloquently of the infrangible continuity, the unbroken greatness of England.1926The Power and the GloryShe hesitated, then conquered by his infrangible mind and the danger of deception, she said: 'It is as you say, and for good reason.'
garde du corps
a bodyguard or bodyguards1792The Rights of ManDuring this state of suspense, the Garde du Corps, which was composed as such regiments generally are, of persons much connected with the Court, gave an entertainment at Versailles (October 1) to some foreign regiments then arrived; and when the entertainment was at the height, on a signal given, the Garde du Corps tore the national cockade from their hats, trampled it under foot, and replaced it with a counter-cockade prepared for the purpose.1903The Adventures of GerardNow and then, if we were lucky, we managed to pick a quarrel with one of the Garde du Corps, and if we left him on his back in the Bois we felt that we had struck a blow for Napoleon once again.
to harden; to make callous or unfeeling; to establish1826The Last of the MohicansThe frame of the white man, judging by such parts as were not concealed by his clothes, was like that of one who had known hardships and exertion from his earliest youth. His person, though muscular, was rather attenuated than full; but every nerve and muscle appeared strung and indurated by unremitted exposure and toil.1904The Golden BowlIt had its effect for her: quite apart from its light on the familiar phenomenon of her husband's indurated conscience, it gave her, full in her face, the particular evocation of which she had made him guilty.1915The Golden SlipperThe peculiar attitude of Miss Postlethwaite towards her indurate tormentor awakened in my agitated mind something much deeper than curiosity, but when I strove to speak her name with the intent of inquiring more particularly into her condition, such a look confronted me from the steady eye immovably fixed upon my own, that my courage—or was it my natural precaution—bade me subdue the impulse and risk no attempt which might betray the depth of my interest in one so completely outside the scope of the present moment's business.1933Doc Savage: The Phantom CityHis metallic hands, sensitive for all of their indurate strength, encountered cloth.
hoc opus, hic labor est
hok O-puhs heek LAW-bor est
there is trouble, there is toil; there is hard work, there is toil1825The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 4I have presumed to address the adventurere from the dreary mansions of wretchedness and despair, of which the gates are so wonderfully constructed, as to fly open for the reception of strangers, though they are impervious as a rock of adamant to such as are within them:——Facilis descensus Averni: Noctes atque dies patet atri janua Ditis. Sed revocare gradum, superasque evadere ad auras, Hoc opus, hic labor est.—VIRG. AEn. vi. 126.1855The Age of FableFacilis descensus Averni; Noctes atque dies patet atri janua Ditis; Sed revocare gradum, superasque evadere ad auras, Hoc opus, hic labor est.—Virgil. The descent to Avernus is easy; the gate of Pluto stands open night and day; but to retrace one's steps and return to the upper air, that is the toil, that the difficulty.—Virgil. 1874Edwy the FairAlas, poor boy! his wish was not thus easily to be gratified: he had sinned very deeply—his penance had yet to be accomplished; well has the poet written: 'Facilis descensus Averno . . . . Sed retrograre gradum, superasque evadere ad auras, Hoc opus—hic labor est.'
peaceful; prosperous1900Sister CarrieIn the view of a certain stratum of society, Carrie was comfortably established—in the eyes of the starveling, beaten by every wind and gusty sheet of rain, she was safe in a halcyon harbour.1988Running Wild..a sycophantic newspaper editor nostalgic for the halcyon days of the l980s…1999Pop! Goes the Weasel...I had once confronted a homicidal twelve-year-old during the halcyon days of the Jack and Jill killers…
a rare thing; a rare person1917BeyondThe soft air, the mellowness of this gay place, much music, a sense of being a rara avis among people who, by their heavier type, enhanced her own, had produced in her a kind of intoxication, making her what the baroness called 'un peu folle.'1983Subspace EncounterBun the Barmaid, and a truly rara avis of the ilk.' Deston laughed and led a round of applause.1999PhylogenesisConfronted by the rara avis of actual, genuine emotion, he had no idea how to respond, did not know what to say.
an acknowledgment of error, guilt, or fault1870The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Tales The master lifted her gently, and waited for the paroxysm to pass. When, with face still averted, she was repeating between her sobs the mea culpa of childish penitence—that 'she'd be good, she didn't mean to,' etc., it came to him to ask her why she had left Sabbath-school. 19221492And, O my Lord, never more will I forget that that tomb in which thou didst rest, still, still is held by the infidel!' He beat his breast. ' Mea culpa! mea culpa! '1987Death of a GodWho did he think he was kidding? That must be the kind of guff all faithless lovers fed into their personal computers to get themselves in the clear. Mea culpa. Metaphorically, over his cornflakes and cup of instant, he beat his breast, calling himself all the right names—a lecher, a swine, a dirty old man.1992The Doomsday Book'Mea culpa,' she whispered, 'mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.' Through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault, but that wasn't right, that was only in the Confiteor Deo.2003White DeathMea culpa. It didn't seem like a bad idea at the time.
a group of newspapers that engage in yellow journalism1922Peaceless EuropeIt is true that there were a certain number of unbalanced people in the metal industry who talked complacently of French iron and stirred up the yellow press…1974ChinatownIn the style of the Hearst yellow press, there is a heart-shaped drawing around one of the photos that Gittes had taken.