caviar to the general

  The letter written to his family by the French resistant Yves Daoudal (1891-1944) on 5th April 1944, before he was shot. A passage has been “caviardé”, blue-pencilled. (Photograph: Le Mont-Valérien)     The phrase caviar to the general is used to denote a good thing unappreciated by the ignorant (here, the general refers to the multitude). It is from The Tragicall Historie […]

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turban – tulip

    The English words turban and tulip are doublets (as are lobster and locust). Doublets (or etymological twins) are words in one given language that go back to the same etymological source but differ in form and meaning.   The word turban is from tul(i)pant, a vulgar-Turkish pronunciation of Persian dulbănd or dōlbănd, meaning […]

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