Tag Archives: John Milton
to rule with a rod of iron

to rule with a rod of iron

  William Tyndale         A rod is a wand or staff as a symbol of office, authority, or power. This is exemplified by the name Black Rod, which designates, in the United Kingdom, the chief usher of the Lord Chamberlain’s department of the royal household, who is also usher to the House […]

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in limbo – dans les limbes

in limbo – dans les limbes

    L’Ombilic des Limbes (The Umbilicus of Limbo) – 1925 by Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French playwright, poet, actor and theatre director       The word limbo in the phrase in limbo designates an uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution; an intermediate state or condition. It is also used to mean a […]

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hidebound

hidebound

  Frontispiece to Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Natural History, in Ten Centuries by Francis Bacon       The adjective hidebound means unwilling or unable to change because of tradition or convention.   The word dates back to the mid-16th century as a noun denoting a malnourished condition of cattle.   In Thesaurus Linguæ Romanæ […]

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