Friday, November 30, 2007

Such specificity.

I had no idea the word started with such a restricted meaning. Nor had I any idea that this was the meaning, though it doesn't surprise me to learn it.

aficionado

A devotee of bull-fighting; by extension an ardent follower of any hobby or activity.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

I've never heard this.

I wonder when this term died? I've never heard it before. Are there any recent uses of it?

Afghanistanism

U.S. colloq.

Preoccupation (esp. of journalists) with events far distant, as a diversion from controversial issues at home (see quots.).

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Trust me.

A short little word, apparently obsolete, with a variety of general and specific meanings.

affy, v.

Obs.

1. trans. To trust, confide (a thing to a person); but from the beginning refl. To confide oneself, trust to, on, or in.

2. intr. (by omission of refl. pron.) To confide, trust, rely, put trust. Const. in, rarely on.

3. trans. To confide in, trust, give faith to.

4. To assure, affirm on one's faith (a thing or fact to a person); to make affidavit.

5. To secure or make fast by solemn promise; to betroth or espouse (sc. to oneself, or as proxy for another); to take in marriage.

6. To betroth (any one) in marriage to (another); to affiance.

7. fig. To engage or bind in faith (a thing to a person or vice versâ).

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

No! Not the face!

The origin of this word is from an Old French word meaning to hit someone in the face. The literal meaning didn't come over to English, but I like the emphasis placed on the severity via the analogy.

affront, v.

1. To insult (a person or thing personified) to his face, to treat with avowed or open indignity.

2. To put to the blush; to offend the modesty or self-respect of; to cause to feel ashamed. refl. To feel affronted, to blush (obs.). (Said of the feeling produced rather than of the act or purpose).

3. To face in defiance; confront. Now chiefly fig., as to affront death.

b. To meet in hostile encounter, to attack. Obs.

4. To meet intentionally or of purpose, to throw oneself in the way of, accost, address. Obs.

5. To front, to face in position; to look toward. arch.

6. fig. To face anticipatively; to prepare to meet; look out for. Obs. rare.

7. causal. To confront one thing with another; to set face to face. Obs. rare.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Bwahahaha!

Simply too funny to pass up. There's not much here, but I laughed. That below is all there was, no alternate spellings, pronunciation, citations; there was nothing else in the entry.

affricke bird

‘A coward, one in gay cloathes.’ Cockeram 1626.

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It's really "funny". Really.

What is? The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks, of course. I haven't read all the posts, but the most recent couple pages worth that I scanned quickly seem clean. Funny too, not just "funny".

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Just don't spit when you do it.

Sounds to me like it ought to be the opposite of "lubricant". I guess not.

The first phonetics word!

affricate, n.

Phonetics.

A close combination of an explosive consonant or ‘stop’ with an immediately following fricative or spirant of corresponding position, as in Ger. pf, z (= ts). Also called affricative.

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Milestone

Those who don't WoW can probably tune this post out. I just got my BE Priest to 60 this week and now get to start doing instances in earnest with a different class of player than I have ever used before. I'm hopeful that I'll get a chance to do more than just heal most of the time and do more DPS casting. I need to get my 70 Shaman into a group soon too to try out the changes made to the Enhancement build. Greater threat reduction and increased spell damage should make him more robust in the melee DPS role.

Anyway, the real reason I started this post was to note the huge change in XP needed for pre-60 levels and post-60 levels. I think it was going from 54-55 or something where before the most recent patch I needed about 180k XP. After the patch, it was only 172k XP to go 59-60. Now that I am 60, it's going to take about 470k XP to get to 61.

Further updates as events warrant.

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Thanks be to God.

Thanksgiving yesterday was a good day. Spent most of the afternoon and evening with friends. (I'm eating some leftovers as I type; thanks guys!) They're great people.

I've been thinking a bit about Thanksgiving and find it odd (though not necessarily bad, I guess) that people without a faith in God still celebrate Thanksgiving. Christmas, oddly enough, is easier to understand with all the secular hoopla that's been built up around the holiday: gift giving, Santa Claus, Rudolph, Frosty, etc. One doesn't have to believe in the divinity (or even the existence, though that's really silly) of Jesus to enjoy getting and giving gifts to friends and family. But to whom exactly are heathens directing their gratitude at Thanksgiving? Friends and family again? It seems less reasonable to me somehow. And certainly if you believe the universe is a vast, uncaring mass of randomly sorted matter having feelings of gratitude to it are surely misplaced as well, are they not?

On the other hand, it isn't necessarily bad. This cognizance of the need to be thankful to someone or something greater than ourselves (even if it is dissonant with professed beliefs and attitudes about the cosmos) is good and probably a reflection of what Paul mentions in Romans 2:14-15.
14(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, 15since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.)
This unwilling recognition, this tacit admission may be (will be with the grace of God) the first step to acknowledging His Sovereignty.

Anyway, some thoughts on the day after my favourite holiday. I hope yours was as blessed as mine and may we all carry the proper spirit of humility and gratitude in the Christmas season which is hard upon us now.

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Listening to: Leo Kottke - Leo Kottke - 06 - Three Quarter North
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Thursday, November 22, 2007

License to pun

We've all heard someone make a pun on "a frayed knot/afraid not", yeah? Turns out it's not just a stupid joke, the words really are connected.

affray, v.

Obs. or arch.

1. To disturb, or startle, from sleep or quiet, as a sudden noise does; passing into the sense of alarm, as the effect of such startling. arch.

b. To disturb with hostilities; to attack with an armed force. Obs. rare.

By imperceptible gradations the idea of alarm passed into that of

2. To frighten, to affect with fear; especially in the passive voice to be affrayed or AFRAID. arch.

3. intr. (refl.) To be afraid, to fear. (Fr. s'effrayer.) Obs.

4. To scare, to startle or alarm into running away, to frighten away. arch. Cf. FRAY.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Soundly on the noggin.

When my brothers and I used to cut up in church, my mother would do this with her knuckle. Got my attention, let me tell you. What a great word.

affrap, v.

Obs. rare.

To strike, strike against. (With or without object expressed.)

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I can see the connection to crossing rivers.

I hadn't thought of the words deriving from the sense of "forward", but it makes sense now that I've been told.

afford, v.

orig. To further, promote; hence achieve, manage to do, manage to give, have the power to give, give what is in one's power, supply, yield.

1. To forward or advance to or towards completion: hence, to perform, execute, accomplish, fulfil. Obs.

2. To carry out, accomplish, achieve, manage (something planned or desired). With may (= can). Obs.

3. With inf. or subord. clause. To manage (to do anything); with can: To have the means, be able or rich enough; to bear the expense.

4. With simple obj. a. To manage to give, to spare.

b. To manage to sell (at such a price). Obs.

c. To manage to procure or maintain, etc.; to spare the price of, bear the expense of.

5. Without can: To give of what one has, to furnish, bestow, grant, yield. (Often with to.)

6. Of things: To be capable of yielding, to have for one who asks or seeks.

7. To supply or furnish from its own resources, to yield naturally.

b. In this sense rarely of persons.

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Mostly for my Mom and mother-in-law.

Those of you from the South, acquainted with those from the South, or having visited the South even, will probably find this amusing.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Poppies, poppies...er, wait.

Flowers, anyway. For all the gardening I was contracted to do for my neighbours when I was in high school, you'd think I'd have picked up a bit more botanical knowledge. I had never heard of this flower and I'm still not clear on whether it the same or different from what I know as a "daffodil".

affodill

Obs.

1. Name of a liliaceous genus of plants, Asphodel, or King's Spear (Asphodelus, incl. Anthericum), natives of the south of Europe, and grown as garden flowers and medicinal herbs.
(In this sense Daffodill, and Daffadilly, are mentioned as variant forms of Affodil as early as 1538 and as late as 1611.)

2. Applied, by confusion, to a species of Narcissus. In this sense the variant DAFFODIL (q.v.) became almost from the first the accepted form; so that eventually Affodill was confined to Asphodelus, and Daffodil to Narcissus.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

If I actually wrote letters

I'd use this word. Of course, I'd actually need someone to correspond with via written letters first. And even if I had such a person, I wouldn't be able to keep it up. I used to correspond with a number of people, but no longer. Sad, really; it was so enjoyable.

affly

abbrev. of AFFECTIONATELY adv., used in the subscription of letters. Now rare.

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Listening to: Leo Kottke - A Shout Toward Noon - 04 - Easter Again
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Thursday, November 15, 2007

You'd think "stick" would be easier to draw.

Oh, no! It is not so. I played Pictionary, and my compadres could not guess "stick". I heard tree, limb, bough, branch, twig, sapling and numerous others, but never once did they say "stick". Next time my turn came to draw, I ended up with the following word and only got as far as a rough stick figure with a few dots on its face and my friend nailed it. Go figure.

affliction

1. The action of inflicting grievous pain or trouble. spec. in its earliest use, Self-infliction of religious discipline; mortification, humiliation. Obs.

2. The state of being afflicted; sore pain of body or trouble of mind; misery, distress.

3. An instance of affliction; a pain, calamity, grief, distress.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I'd make a mouthwash joke

But I'm afraid that with what I'm going to write next it would end up being blasphemous. I was surprised initially at the second meaning for this word, but after considering it a moment it made perfect sense. See these eight different passages from the Bible. And there are a lot more. I like this word.

afflation

A blowing or breathing upon; inspiration.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Good boy!

Are there such dogs any longer? This isn't the only time I've run across a dog breed that I had never heard of before, and I've wondered if efforts are made to keep such breeds in existence even when they (obviously) aren't as popular as they might once have been. It also seems to me that fewer people own dogs than did, say, 100 years ago. Is that really true? Or do more people in total own dogs while a smaller percentage of the population owns dogs? I've also included the first quotation so you can know one of these canines when you see one.

affenpinscher

A small breed of dog, related to the Brussels griffon.

1903 W. D. DRURY Brit. Dogs (ed. 3) lxii. 629 The Affenpinscher is an alert, intelligent little dog of some 7 lb. to 8 lb. in weight. It has a round skull well covered with stiff hair... The colour is different shades of red, as well as grey and yellowish: while there is often a black mask.

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Buy n Large, it's interesting.

So it seems Pixar has another movie in the works. Not much in that trailer yet, but they already seem to have a promotional website up. Not your conventional promotional website, no. This is more in the vein of the guerrilla marketing that is so popular nowadays. There isn't anything on the site (that I've found) that tells you it's about a movie, it is just a kind of parody website that is supposed to resemble that of a large corporation. Even if it was just a website, it would be pretty funny. Check it out. They're even selling t-shirts. I'm thinking this would be a great shirt.

Thanks to Toshi Station for the link.

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The Return of the Book Review!

Finished a book last night that I had never read before; Geisha by Liza Dalby is an account of her time in Japan studying the world of geisha from the inside. She was described while she was there as "the blue-eyed geisha", so she has some legitimate claim to be the only non-Japanese geisha. After suffering through Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha, it was refreshing to read something that was well-written and actually contained some information about geisha that could be relied upon.

While Dalby is obviously very sympathetic to geisha and the system in which they operate, she does not avoid noting that the system was much harsher and more exploitative in the years past. She also notes the confusion in the West between geisha and prostitutes did not arise solely out of ignorance or a Western contempt with Japanese culture, but also had much to do with the geisha culture straddling the line between society proper and the world in which normal constraints are abandoned. The world of the geisha is known as the "flower and willow" world. She notes that even at the time of her writing (1970's) there was still some overlap between the notion of geisha as performers and entertainers and as prostitutes. The overlap is small, but within certain confines, geisha are expected to present a moderately lascivious entertainment (though in the West where such entertainment is far more explicit, it would hardly be recognised as such) and so the lower rungs of the geisha world still containing members who are willing to prostitute themselves is not so surprising.

On the other hand, from her description, the overlap is small and the majority of geisha are truly entertainers (please see the discussion of mizu-age below for an exception, though this is no longer a common practice), though, because there is no real correlate in the Western world, it can be difficult to see this. Indeed, it seems those at the peak of their profession can be quite the consummate dancers, singers and musicians and the necessary abilities of a truly competent geisha is a daunting list. Not only must they be able to hold their alcohol well, but while drinking be able to maintain an ability to perform the dances and songs that are demanded by customers.

I debated about whether or not to include this next question on my blog, but I think it ought to be brought up since it has a bearing on what I've already talked about and it seems to be a point of controversy between Arthur Golden and Mineko Iwasaki; she was the person upon whom Golden "based" his book and who later sued him for that assertion. The question is, what does mizu-age entail? Golden avers that it indicates the selling of an apprentice geisha's virginity as part of the transition from childhood to adulthood or from being an apprentice to a full-fledged geisha.

Iwasaki claims that this is a complete falsehood (she wrote a book the purpose of which, at least in part, was to repudiate Golden's) and in fact it has never been the case with geisha. Her vehemence is such that it is worth quoting the relevant section of an interview in full here.
Q: Talk to me about the mizuage ceremony. What is it, and why is there so much confusion about it?

A: This again goes back to the separation between the pleasure quarter and the entertainment quarter. Mizuage is really a coming-of-age ceremony, and apparently there was some selling of the virginity that went on in association with that ritual ceremony in the pleasure district a long time ago. However, that has never been true for the geisha. For the geisha, it was simply when they were becoming a young woman, similar to a sweet 16 in the West, and it was symbolized by the change in hairstyle, into a more womanly, grown-up hairstyle. And also certain subtle changes in the ensembles. There are a lot of rites of passage, but for some reason this one has been really latched on by people, and maybe it’s because of this misunderstanding.

Also, it is true that as with many of the rituals and rites of passage, once one has become a maiko [geisha-in-training], or a geiko, it’s very expensive, because every time you go through an entire change of kimono, for example, or of hairstyle and you need different hair ornaments, these are expensive things. For me, I was the successor to the house, the atotori, so there was no question that the money was there to provide this. But if someone is coming from the outside and training, as basically someone who is there under contract, it is expensive, and sometimes they do ask their patrons to help pay for the cost involved in making the transition.

Q: But their virginity isn’t offered in exchange for that help?

A: That is never on the table. There is one other potential source of confusion, and that is with the word "mizuage" itself. In the Gion, the geisha district, and in many areas of the entertainment industry, "mizuage" is also a term that directly means "gross earnings," because it’s an old fishing term; as you may know, Japan was dependent on fishing for one of its main economic bases for many years. "Mizuage" means "to take out of the water." It stood for the catch. "What was your catch?" — "How much money did you make from the water?" So when I refer to mizuage, I’m actually referring to my earnings, rather than the ceremony itself.
I bring this up because mizu-age is mentioned several times in Dalby's book and its discussion is the subject of several anecdotes. The clear implication of each is that it does always involve the loss of a geisha's virginity and that this is done for a price. One anecdote involves the indignation that a geisha would take the matter of auctioning her virginity solely into her own hands instead of relying on the assistance of the okiya, the house with which a particular geisha is affiliated. In fact, the glossary of Japanese terms defines mizu-age as "Sexual initiation of an apprentice geisha." As much as I disliked Golden's book, it seems that he probably had this aspect of geisha life correct, at least for the pre-WWII period.

The level of the book's detail is such that with only a casual interest in such matters one may not enjoy it. On the other hand, it is detailed and authoritative enough to be well worth the time with a serious interest in Japan in general or geisha in particular.

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The Perfect Cereal

What are the three problems of cereals? First, a repellent taste, whether too sweet or however. Second, it corrupts your milk, turning it an unpleasant colour, making it a thick sludge because of particulates, and altering the taste beyond recognition. Third, the cereal itself becomes so soggy it transforms from a pleasant collection of crunchy pieces into a undifferentiated mass of mush.

The solution? Wheat Chex. Not only does it stay crunchy to the bottom of the bowl, this means it doesn't disintegrate and corrupt the milk and the flavour is perfect: pleasant without being super-sweet.

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New Poll!

Tell me what you think of the Patriots. I've enabled the multiple answers option, so if you have mixed feelings you can choose all the choices between which you've been wavering.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Two for one!

First the word that caught my eye. It just looks and sounds interesting to me, and the meaning was unexpected as well. And that's what the second word is for, to make the first a little more explicable.

affeeror

He that affeers.

affeer, v.

1. To fix or settle the amount of an amercement, to assess; to reduce to a fair or equitable amount.

2. fig. To settle, confirm.

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Friday, November 09, 2007

This entry could use some more detail...

I'd never have guessed this from the word itself. A single citation from Milton nearly 350 years ago and it's still not listed as obsolete, rare or anything. The etymology is a direct borrowing from Latin meaning "African". Cool word, though.

afer

The south-west wind.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

If you don't eat your vegetables...

Excellent; I now have an vague thing to threaten my children with if they misbehave. (I kid, I kid.)

afanc

An aquatic monster in Celtic mythology.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Even the modern term is passing out of use.

A note on this word indicates that it was an early word that held the same meaning as "affect", but many of these senses are rarely used even for "affect" any longer.

afaite, v.

1. To affect, influence, incline, dispose, in any way.

2. To bring into any shape, to fashion, mould; to adapt or prepare to or for a purpose.

3. To fit out, array, dress.

4. To train (hawks, hounds, etc. to obedience); hence, to tame.

5. To reduce, subject, subdue.

6. To affect with disease.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Sleepy Summers

I can never remember this word when I want to use it. I first heard it as a child and thought it was wonderful that there are animals that hole up during the warm months and only emerge when things cool down. A wise and enlightened attitude it always seemed to me.

æstivate, v.

To spend the summer. esp. in Zool. To pass the summer in a state of torpor or suspended animation. (Cf. hibernate.)

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I'm not sold on the concept.

But it is an interesting concept, I must confess. Mark Steyn posits (via seeing the concept in a novel) that we may be in the midst of a "cold civil war". He means that we have two sides in this country that are so diametrically opposed and so antagonistic that all we lack for a civil war is actual physical conflict.
[I]f you want to discuss the best way forward in the war on terror, you can't do that if the guy you're talking to doesn't believe there is a war on terror, only a racket cooked up by the Bushitler and the rest of the Halliburton stooges as a pretext to tear up the constitution.
You can read the argument here.

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A couple articles about abortion.

First up is the one intended to be a heart-warming tale about family that instead presents a ghoulish portrait of how far England has sunk. A woman attempts to abort one of the twins she is carrying and then expects this tale of his survival to be a cheery tale. How is the boy going to feel when he grows up and finds out mom wanted him put down even before he was born because it was the "compassionate" thing to do, like he was a pet dog?

And the other is an article by Ramesh Ponnuru regarding the response to his book, Party of Death about the people who support abortion. He answers the criticism well, and indeed I thought his book extremely well-written myself.

Like a laugh?

I heard this song years ago and never knew who performed it or what it was called. And, as a tangent from a political conversation, it got mentioned in passing. Anyway, now you know, carrot juice is murder.

Monday, November 05, 2007

A word for Canute.

Equally well applied to my work on this blog, really.

æstiferous, a.

‘Ebbing and flowing as the tide.’ Bailey, vol. II, 1731. ‘Turbulent as the tide.’ Ash 1775.

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Just testing something.

Just testing a new feature. Nothing of great import here. (Though, that is rare enough anyway.)

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Nice thoughts.

Jeb, my church boss (he's the youth minister, I currently teach a class to the "yutes") has a nice post up about missing his wife while she's out of town. (At least, that's what it seems. In a very poetic fashion he doesn't come right out and say that's what it is about.) He has an interesting, though very condensed blog. By which I mean, every post is interesting, but he only posts once or twice a month. Probably a better way to go about it; with all my posts it's probably more like looking for diamonds in a giant slag heap.

Catching up.

Been gone nearly a month. Not sure what all that time got spent on, some WOW, some overtime, some family time, whole family got sick... It just kind of got spent here and there and before I knew it, October was over. I'm not dead though, as it seems Steve is, sadly. At least, he's got pharmaceutical comment spam, which I always assumed would only have occurred over his dead body. Maybe he's just taking a really long vacation some place where there is no internet connection.

My book reading is down, I think it is safe to say that since I am now roughly 20 books off my pace from last year and with less than 2 months to catch it up, I won't be equalling last year's total of 178. Especially since Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us soon, I have two kids now instead of one, I'm teaching a class at church every Sunday and things are different at work. On the other hand, my wife isn't pregnant as she was this time last year and I have read 50 books in two months before (see September and October).

I haven't discussed the books I've been reading as I have in the past; I feel badly about this and I ought to start it again. I will... next book I finish. It's the part of this blog that I really tend to enjoy the most in retrospect. That is to say, it's about the only thing I write here that I think will have much value more than a month down the road.

Bill Belichick is a smug, classless, cheating scoundrel. And this is really funny.

Friday, November 02, 2007

What do you do for a living?

I find it amusing that there was a need for such a word. I understand the merits of professional critics, those who understand the merits and/or demerits of particular areas of art, but the idea that one is a professional person of good taste seems odd to me.

æsthetician

One skilled in or devoted to æsthetics; a professor of taste.

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Pinko-commies!

A word that wouldn't make the list if it were not for the second sense listed. I find it interesting that it originated the way it did and now the word may not have the same function except in an historical sense. Or perhaps it would be used in the same sense for modern repressive regimes like Iran, Cuba, etc?

Æsopic, a.

1. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Æsop, a semi-legendary Greek fabulist of the sixth century B.C. Hence Æsopism, an Æsopic characteristic.

2. spec. In relation to Russian and (Soviet) Communist literature [Russ. ezopovskiĭ, first so used by M.E. Saltykov-Shchedrin, Unfinished Conversations (1875) iv.; cf. Lenin Party Organization & Party Lit. in Novaya Zhizn´ (1905) 13 Nov.]: using a style or language that has hidden or ambiguous meaning, esp. as a device to disguise dissident political writing in allegorical form and so avoid official censorship. Cf. ÆSOPIAN a. 2.

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