Archive | MEDIA RSS feed for this section
soap opera

soap opera

  THE DOLEFUL COMPLICATIONS OF SOAP OPERAS are almost beyond explanation. Above is ‘Woman In White.’ Karen Adams (right) divorced Dr. Kirk Harding (left) because he had gotten her sister-in-law, Janet (on death-bed above), with illegitimate child. from the American magazine Life of 27th April 1942       MEANING   a television or radio drama […]

Continue Reading
‘pleb’

‘pleb’

  MEANING   informal and derogatory: an ordinary person, especially one from the lower social classes     ORIGIN   The noun pleb, which appeared in the late 18th century, is a shortened form of plebeian. The plural plebs, meaning the common people, dates back to the late 16th century. It is from Latin plebs/plebis, […]

Continue Reading
fracas

fracas

  Nell Gwyn as Cupid (circa 1672) engraving by Richard Thomson of a painting by Peter Cross     On Tuesday 10th March 2015, Jeremy Clarkson, the presenter of the popular TV show Top Gear, was suspended following what the BBC said was “a fracas” with a producer (in fact, Clarkson punched him).   A […]

Continue Reading
white feather

white feather

  illustration for The White Feather. A Sketch of English Recruiting   Inglorious Upshot That evening as he was walking from the station on his way home, three smartly-dressed girls, approaching, barred the pavement. He stopped. “How young he is, the poor darling!” murmured fondly the central maiden, and, suddenly producing a large white feather, […]

Continue Reading

Unblog.fr | Créer un blog | Annuaire | Signaler un abus