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This week's theme: terms from French.
lese majesty or lèse majesté (leez MAJ-uh-stee) noun
1. An offense against a sovereign power.
2. An attack against someone's dignity or against a custom or institution held sacred.
[From French lèse-majesté, from Latin crimen laesae maiestatis (the crime of injured majesty).]
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"There was, though, one small sign of disenchantment. In a field well away
from the airport, there was a scarecrow, dressed in the usual tatters,
except for a pair of All Blacks tracksuit bottoms. Such lese majesty would
have been unthinkable before the World Cup."
These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. -Gilbert Highet, writer (1906-1978)