By Elizabeth Webber, Mike Feinsilber
A advisor to references familiar in speech and writing. Explains greater than 900 allusions. Entries comprise examples from todays best media. A needs to for severe readers, language fans, and ESL scholars.
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Armageddon has become a cliché used to describe nuclear war, as well as other decisive and destructive battles. The term in use, by Mary Curtius in the Los Angeles Times, September 22, 1996, on the effect of closing the San Francisco Central Freeway: Then came Aug. 25 and instead of Armageddon, the city experienced something closer to the BERMUDA TRIANGLE of commuting. The freeway closed and 80,000 cars seemed simply to disappear. And by Matthew McAllester in Newsday, reporting on a computer virus scare, August 21, 1996: While the highly infectious Hare virus is constructed in a way that could enable it to wipe out every file on a computer's memory, Renert and his colleagues in the antivirus industry counsel caution and safety, not panic.
The term is derived from Bacchus, the Greek and Roman god of wine (and of vegetation and fertility, too). ) Bacchus was worshiped at Rome in an annual festival called the Bacchanalia, an orgiastic rite, with dancing and singing. The term in use, by the Economist, June 10, 1989, describing the partying at the Indianapolis 500: While out-of-town guests of sponsoring companies watch the race from comfortable penthouse boxes lining the track, thousands of Hoosiers, as people from the state of Indiana are known, invade the area inside the oval track.
And it was just as likely that news of the dark side of the president's personal and official activities might have ruined Kennedy's second term. . " And by Justin Kaplan in the Boston Globe magazine, May 4, 1980, on the literary history of Boston. On a visit to Boston, Western writer Bret Harte dined with the greats of American literature—Longfellow, Emerson, Dana, Holmes: 31 avatar After a few days in such company, Harte observed to his host, William Dean Howells, that in this part of the country it was impossible to fire a revolver without bringing down the author of a two-volume work....
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Allusions by Elizabeth Webber, Mike Feinsilber