Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Under; below: an Italian word occurring in a few phrases: as, sotto il soggetto, below the subject; sotto voce, under the voice, in an undertone, aside.
“Ya gotta stop with the jelous makein sotto voice asides.”
“Il Conte di Pepoli si maraviglia al divino mio talento; lascia i suoi alti complimenti; e dice solamente in sotto voce, 'Ah graziosa!”
“I’m feeling pretty cynical about the Bush visit, and not just because getting around Jerusalem has been impossible (again) … [During] Olmert’s speech of welcome at the conference hosted by [Israeli President] Shimon Peres, I found myself adding subtitles sotto voce …”
“Non penso di aver mai sofferto di attacchi di panico, ma mi capita di andare "sotto" e quindi di avere quei sintomi che ne sono tipici (tremore freddo, vista e pensieri un po 'confusi).”
“However, as I say, I think that there was, despite all the public pronouncements to the contrary, a kind of sotto voce enthusiasm for the IRA and its aims if not always its methods!) that persisted, despite the powerful inducements to give the British the benefit of the doubt.”
“My own Roman Catholic approach would more likely have taken the form of a warp-speed, sotto voce Hail Mary.”
“Many sense that the sotto voce theme of Romney's campaign is his electability, but that empirical principle is not enough to win a primary, especially in a party with a base that enthusiastically replaced Mike Castle with Christine O'Donnell in Delaware in 2010.”
“Captain Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.”
“He traced his sotto voce delivery to subterranean postwar clubs without commentary boxes – he was required to stand just back from the action and explain proceedings without putting anyone off.”
“Such deserts of time stretched between myself then and my adult self that more drastic personal revolutions than a mere change in skin color would have to take place between then and the imagined now to transform me from a child who played with her toes to the dignified woman who could instill awe into the hearts of her unruly family with a few sotto voce threats and a confusingly sexy stare-down.”
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By David Foster Wallace
Words taken from Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.
Words to remember from DFW's "Infinite Jest"
portend... omen.../whats to come
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