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avant la lettre

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  • phrase : (idiomatic) Before the term was coined; used after a term applied anachronistically.

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From French avant la lettre ("before the letter")

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  • It was odd, and so gay . . . that the prospective mother-in-law and son-in-law sat together by the hour . . . talking of which champagne, what kinds of hors d'oeuvres, flowers caterers, what car to use driving away from the church, on and on and on. It was a Martha Stewart moment avant la lettre.
    Charles Rowan Beye, My Husband and My Wives: A Gay Man's Odyssey (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012), p. 126

    March 6, 2016