Writer's Words, page 7


Marine Pfc. William T. Santiago, stationed at Guantanamo, Cuba, just did not measure up to the high standards set by the U.S. Marine Corps. He is killed in a hazing incident perpetrated by Pfc. Lawson Downey and Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson.
Probably Time Mag review of movie A Few Good Men.
See also: hazing


And while the politicos blame the hoi polloi for the nation's difficulties, they are protecting the real perpetrators — the powerful rich old white men who have actually caused all the problems.
hoi polloi = he common people; the masses.
politicos = a person active in party politics.


Your problem, the Padre said, is…
padre = A Christian priest or monk; used as a term of address for priests in some churches.


I'm writing bimestrial review on it.
bimestrial = occurring every two months.


He [J J Sylvester] was a professor at the U. of Virginia for three months until an altercation with a student led to his resignation.
J. J. Sylvester is a great mathematician.


One of his [J J Sylvester] books is The Laws of Verse, and for many years in England he was a barrister.
J. J. Sylvester is a great mathematician.
barrister = a British lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law.


Clinton's albatross — now that Gennifer Flower's accusations of adultery have receded into the half-life of media memory — is his convoluted account of dealings with his Arkansas draft board back in 1969…and his responses amount to a tortuous thicket of incomplete and not entirely compatible explanations.
Lies, Lies, Lies By Paul Gray. @ http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,976641,00.html


The audience, thoroughly flummoxed,…


“(computer art is) technological hokum that's neither art nor science.”
hokum = a message that seems to convey no meaning [syn: nonsense, bunk, nonsensicality, meaninglessness]


…a horripilation of the sexual reflex that is perfectly captured by the word creep.
Men Are They Really That Bad? By Lance Morrow. @ http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,980115-2,00.html
horripilation = reflex erection of hairs of the skin in response to cold or emotional stress. See horripilation.


like a jamboree of the Indian nations in Montana long ago — a pandemonium of patriarchy,…
Men Are They Really That Bad? By Lance Morrow. @ http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,980115-2,00.html
jamboree = A noisy or unrestrained carousal or frolic; a spree.


culture's maelstrom of images.
See also: maelstrom.


manumit = free from slavery or servitude. [syn: emancipate]


Ira Holloway is a man who loves women, adores their quiddities, luxuriates ceaselessly in their bodies: toes, earlobes, the whole array of earthly delights. When he is paying what would appear to be monomaniacal attention to one sweetheart, he is, naughty fellow, roistering in memory or anticipation with a flotilla of others. This isn't calculated, callous satyrism; Ira isn't Don Juan. He's helpless, a captive.
Possessed By the Flesh By John Skow. @ http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,980183,00.html Book review.
Satyrism, see: Satyr.
quiddity = The essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity, of a thing.


he'll be the one shimmying up to me with an opening line (of picking up girls).
shimmy = A dance popular in the 1920s, characterized by rapid shaking of the body. shimmy.


a smidgen of genius, a sliver of cutting truth.
smidgen = a tiny or scarcely detectable amount.


“I tell you what, George, you've got to wake up,” he said sharply. “Will Henderson has spoken to me three times concerning the matter. He says you go along for hours not hearing when you are spoken to and acting like a gawky girl. What ails you?”
Winesburg, Ohio (novel), “Mother” (1919) by Sherwood Anderson.
gawky = Foolish and awkward; clumsy.


The gunman also died in the melee (shootout).
See also: melee.


I have no wish to think that the world results from the lucubrations of Hegel or even of his Celestial Prototype.
The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell: 1903–1959 Bertrand Russell
See also, Russell's Why I'm not a Christian.
lucubration = Writing produced by laborious effort or study, especially pedantic or pretentious writing.


…scientists who seek some sign of it must search the dossier of human activity for conduct that cycles with the seasons and might be linked with sexuality.
dossier = A collection of papers giving detailed information about a particular person or subject.
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