Name Dropping: A No-nonsense Guide to the Use of Names in by Philip Gooden

By Philip Gooden

Ever had a Hitchcockian experience (in the bathe perhaps?!) or
met a person with a quite Ortonesque outlook on lifestyles? There are
hundreds of phrases derived from genuine those who find themselves recognized - or infamous
- adequate to offer their stamp to a stream, a fashion of pondering or
acting, a mode or perhaps a temper. identify shedding? is a necessary advisor to
the larger recognized or extra fascinating of those phrases from figures in
politics, game, and the humanities. A invaluable, fascinating 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, information on utilization and a
'Pretentiousness Index.'

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Ever had a Hitchcockian event (in the bathe might be? !) ormet anyone with a fairly Ortonesque outlook on existence? There arehundreds of phrases derived from actual those who are recognized - or notorious- adequate to offer their stamp to a flow, a manner of considering oracting, a mode or perhaps a temper. identify shedding?

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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.

But it is generally the grim, overlooked aspect of her life as a kitchen drudge that is evoked in the use of Cinderella to describe a group, institution or service that is low in the pecking order, and whose work or reputation is the opposite of glamorous, the opposite in fact of everything that is usually meant by ‘fairy-tale’. P RETENTIOUSNESS I NDEX Nil 42 15622 21/6/07 2:00 pm Page 43 CIRCEAN like the witch Circe in the Odyssey; ‘enchanting but dangerous’, ‘transforming’: Is it not possible that Cruise is the one who has fallen under Holmes’ Circean spell, and not the other way around?

Set in pre-revolutionary Russia and focusing on the lives of the provincial gentry, these tragicomedies deal with boredom, decline and frustration. Any story or drama that is understated, autumnal or shows a wry sympathy with the fading upper classes is likely to be labelled Chekhovian. P RETENTIOUSNESS I NDEX ! CHESTERTONIAN characteristic of the style, themes or approach of the writer G(ilbert) K(eith) Chesterton (1874–1936); ‘vigorous’, ‘patriotic’, ‘whimsical’, ‘paradoxical’: Chestertonian Englishness is founded on an apprehension of alien threats, which are built into its very heart.

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