By Philip Gooden

ISBN-10: 0713675888

ISBN-13: 9780713675887

ISBN-10: 1408103249

ISBN-13: 9781408103241

Ever had a Hitchcockian experience (in the bathe perhaps?!) or
met a person with a fantastically Ortonesque outlook on lifestyles? There are
hundreds of phrases derived from actual people who find themselves well-known - or infamous
- sufficient to provide their stamp to a circulate, a fashion of considering or
acting, a method or perhaps a temper. identify losing? is a necessary advisor to
the larger recognized or extra fascinating of those phrases from figures in
politics, recreation, and the humanities. A helpful, attention-grabbing and often
humorous source for these trying to find definitions or just browsing
for excitement. Entries are indexed alphabetically with complete explanations,
examples from the click and different media, assistance on utilization and a
'Pretentiousness Index.'

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Guardian) George W. Bush is the most controversial President of the United States since, well, since his predecessor, Bill Clinton. But whereas Clinton had the good fortune to preside over a relatively prosperous and tranquil stretch of US history, Bush’s presidency will forever be defined by the Twin Towers attacks and the nebulous ‘War on Terror’ that followed, together with the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. I suspect that Bushite tends to be used pejoratively – there’s something dismissive in the very sound of the word.

P RETENTIOUSNESS I NDEX ! (see also Heathcliffian) BROWNITE connected to Gordon Brown (1951–), Labour MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer; ‘prudent’, ‘dour’, ‘economically competent’: If the content weren’t enough – Brownite talk about redistribution and equality for all – the e-mail is dark brown on light brown except for the bottom of the page which is, er, light brown on dark brown. (The Times) Gordon Brown, the son of a Scottish clergyman, has been Chancellor of the Exchequer since Labour’s return to power in 1997, giving him the record for the longest continuous period of service in that office.

Guardian) Few people now could name any of Chaplin’s films, except perhaps The Great Dictator (1940) in which he satirised Hitler; it is as an image or a series of attitudes that he is remembered: playing the forlorn tramp, the accident-prone little man. The majority of Chaplin’s pictures were made before the arrival of sound, and he left an indelible impression with his woebegone features, the pathos of his situations and (occasionally) his acts of revenge on those who’d done him down. Chaplinesque may refer to any clown-like mime that is meant to stir pity but it’s more likely to describe moments of slapstick, as in the Guardian quote above.

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