tumbel commented on the word bibliophagous
"Paper being a precious, albeit familiar, commodity, book binders often reused printed papers that were thrown away by publishers, to laminate or glue them together into a stiff, board-like cover for their books. Thus neglected works routinely disappeared to help the birth of others. The scarcity of materials created countless palimpsests—bibliophagous books swallowing their unlucky predecessors as illustrated by Geoffrey Day’s essay in this collection."
June 28, 2014
tumbel commented on the word foolscap
The Tatler was originally printed on a very brown paper called “tobacco paper.” The Spectator was a whiter, half folio sheet (or foolscap) printed on both sides, the quality of which, however superior to the Tatler’s paper, must have left much to be desired.
tumbel commented on the word lucubration
Addison elsewhere bemoans the fate of sound yet slovenly printed works. “We have already seen the Memoirs of Sir William Temple published in the same character and volume with the history of Tom Thumb, and the works of our greatest poets shrunk into penny books and garlands. For my own part, I expect to see my lucubrations printed on browner paper than they are at present . . ..”
tumbel commented on the word sammelband
"A close-up of the arms on this sammelband demonstrates the practice—the central shield on both boards of the latter has been (fairly neatly) replaced." Sammelband (pl. Sammelbände), or sometimes nonce-volume, is a book comprising a number of separately printed works that are subsequently bound together.
tumbel commented on the word bifolium
"Bookmarks or letters found within books may be considered as another form of palimpsest, as the bifolium bookmark has a noticeable effect on the reading experience of the book wherein it was inserted"
tumbel commented on the word ceroplastic
"Most famously, Swiss physician turned entrepreneur Philippe Curtius (1737–1794) began his career by making anatomical models, but soon moved on to the more lucrative practice of displaying waxworks of notable French persons from both ends of the social spectrum, aristocrats and nobles on the one hand, and thieves and criminals on the other. The story of his famous “niece” (or possibly his daughter) Madame Tussaud (1761–1850) is well rehearsed: her earliest models are said to have been death masks of mutilated heads taken directly from the guillotine"
tumbel commented on the word wiccamical
this seems to be an adjective referring to an Old Wykehamist, which is a term used for a former pupils of Winchester College, in memory of the school's founder, William of Wykeham."The volume was then acquired by the Reverend Peter Hall, the most indefatigable of collectors of wiccamical association copies and presented to the library in 1815 "
tumbel commented on the word margravate
"After Matilda’s death in 1115, there ensued a long struggle between popes and Holy Roman emperors for control of the margravate..."
October 30, 2012
tumbel commented on the word galloon
from a fashion textbook i am copyediting: "A lace galloon appliqué can be created from the repeat of your lace. A galloon is a cut-out motif trim from the main yardage. Galloons are often used as badges, collars, or trims on lingerie and evening apparel."
October 6, 2012
tumbel commented on the word passementerie
"instead of having to repeatedly draw lace or other fine ornamentals like schiffli or passementarie trims, you can render them once, then define a brush." from a textbook on CAD for fashion design.
tumbel commented on the word schiffli
tumbel commented on the word struthious
this is in my TONY list, but it didn't appear in the mag; i just came across it in the dicker looking up something else at work.
September 17, 2010
tumbel commented on the word bantam
such a good synonym for small!
April 5, 2010
tumbel commented on the word mammon
Red offered English audiences the spectacle of a great artist rejecting American mammon... (David Cote, Theater)
April 1, 2010
tumbel commented on the word badinage
"Strahs and the actors are shitting us all the time with this clipped badinage..." TONY theater review
March 20, 2010
tumbel commented on the word griot
...the ngomi, a plucked lute made from a combinaton of wood or calabash and goatskin, used by griots in northwest Africa...
March 19, 2010
tumbel commented on the word calabash
tumbel commented on the word scrum
a scrum of readings (theater)
March 17, 2010
tumbel commented on the word lavaliere
This delicate solid perfume boasts hints of lavender, lotus blossom and bergamot. Joya sphere perfumed lavaliere, $78, at Anthropologie, locations throughout the city; visit anthropologie.com --TONY Seek
November 26, 2009
tumbel commented on the word klatch
"he’ll provide plenty of reasons to remember in tonight’s improv klatch" -- TONY music listings
tumbel commented on the list the-mysterious-flame-of-queen-loana
what happens when a book has been translated from the italian and cognates have been used for the latinate words.
February 17, 2009
tumbel commented on the word klezmorim
plural of klezmer
January 26, 2009
tumbel commented on the word albarello
http://brunelleschi.imss.fi.it/museum/esim.asp?c=100012"The albarello (or alberello) is the oldest type of pharmacy jar, designed to contain dense, viscous substances. Most albarelli were cylinder-shaped with a wide opening. They were often tapered at the center for easier handling. In the earliest models, the lids consisted of parchment sheets, but later versions had ceramic lids, sometimes fitted with a knob and handles. The Near Eastern style raises the possibility that the albarello reached the West via the Arab invasion of the Mediterranean. But some experts see the albarello as an imitation of the bamboo packaging in which medicinal drugs were shipped from the Orient."
October 11, 2008
tumbel commented on the word mosaic
as in "of or relating to Moses," not a design made of small pieces of stone or glass.
October 3, 2008
tumbel commented on the word tonsorial
in a review of the musical HAIR, the writer refers to "tonsorial kudzu."
August 18, 2008
tumbel commented on the word rebec
"...ancient instruments (the ramsinga, the oliphant, the Roman bugle, the lute, the rebec, the aeolian harp, Solomon's harp)..." p 108
November 24, 2007
tumbel commented on the word ramsinga
tumbel commented on the word fly agaric
"...the fly agaric with its red cap flecked with white..." p 108
tumbel commented on the word equuleus
"...with the victim hoisted and then dropped buttocks-first onto a cushion of whetted iron spikes..." p 108
tumbel commented on the word colloquy
"They were deluxe magazines with a flowery, nouveau aesthetic and pages that looked illuminated, with illustrated margins and colorful Pre-Raphaelite images of pallid damsels in colloquy with knights of the Holy Grail." p 104
tumbel commented on the word nowt
nothing, or cows
December 23, 2006