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A.Word.A.Day--John Bull

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John Bull (jon bul) noun

1. A personification of England or the English people.

2. A typical Englishman.

[After John Bull, a character in John Arbuthnot's satire, Law Is a Bottomless Pit (1712).]

"Current historiography on the Mandate period is no longer dominated by a demonization of the British, which was a recurrent theme during the first decades of the state. Yet the disintegration of the old mythology is no reason to create a new mythology, this one a fantasy of John Bull in Palestine as a kind of disoriented Santa Claus, as in Segev's skewed account." Anita Shapira, Eyeless in Zion, The New Republic, Dec 11, 2000.

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When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. -Corrie Ten Boom, author and Holocaust survivor

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