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Jan 20, 2016This week’s theme
Clothing terms used metaphorically
This week’s words
“Fashion before Ease - or - A good Constitution sacrificed for a Fantastick Form”
Thomas Paine tightening Britannia’s laces
Cartoon: James Gillray, 1793 (LOC)
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
straitlaced or straight-laced
adjective: Excessively strict, rigid, old-fashioned, or prudish.
From Middle English streit (narrow), from Old French estreit, from Latin strictus, past participle of stringere (to bind, draw tight) + laqueus (noose). Earliest documented use: 1630.
“Aren’t they the rather dull, unimaginative, straitlaced characters who keep their noses constantly buried in rule books?”
Your Stars; The Gold Coast Bulletin (Southport, Australia); Oct 13, 2015.
See more usage examples of straitlaced in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography. -Federico Fellini, film director, and writer (20 Jan 1920-1993)
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