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A.Word.A.Day--cheval de bataille
cheval de bataille (shuh-VAL duh ba-TAH-yuh) noun
A favorite topic; hobbyhorse.
[From French, literally battle-horse.]
"By then (Kenneth) Neate was already singing much heavier roles, such as
Florestan in Fidelio, Lohengrin and, the part that became his cheval de
"Rossini's Stabat Mater was long castigated by churchmen and sober-minded
critics for its supposed worldliness and operatic flamboyance. Even today
it can cause raised eyebrows with its eclectic mix of styles, ranging
from the austere, archaic Eja Mater and Quando Corpus Morietur to the
full-blooded theatricality of the soprano aria Inflammatus, cruelly
dubbed by George Bernard Shaw "the spavined cheval de bataille of
obsolete prima donnas".
This week's theme: words of horse-related origins.
There lives more faith in honest doubt, / Believe me, than in half the creeds. -Alfred, Lord Tennyson, poet (1809-1892)