from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An award given annually since 1984 by the Dance Theater Workshop in New York City for achievement in dance and the performing arts.

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  • proper n. A diminutive of Elizabeth, also used as a formal female given name.
  • proper n. Bessie, a lake monster supposed to exist in Lake Erie in the United States.


After Bessie Sch├Ânberg (1906-1997), German-born American dance teacher.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • It's a start....

    February 18, 2011

  • Thank you for noticing that--I was actually trying to make a chart to see whether there was some way to connect the rooster in The Book of the Dun Cow to Kateri Tekakwitha, but it just came out looking something like this:

    Phase 1: Rooster
    Phase 2: ?
    Phase 3: Prophet.

    February 18, 2011

  • Well, you did say "a bit."

    February 18, 2011

  • Ah--you caught me. Over on conference breakfast I mentioned I was trying to reserve that word for times when things are double-iroquoisy or lead back to Kateri Tekakwitha.

    February 18, 2011

  • Ruzuzu, you have the most interesting iroquoisy events ever.

    February 18, 2011

  • Oh, that's a bit iroquoisy--I had just added The Dun Cow from The Book of the Dun Cow, which also has a flood in it. I note this only because I had a dream about large waves in frazil-ice floodwaters last night.

    Edit: Iroquoisy also because my landlords have a rooster in my backyard right now, which is what I was thinking about when yarb and hernesheir were talking about phelloid this morning.

    February 17, 2011

  • The name of the cow in the work of fiction Bridge to Terabithia.

    February 17, 2011