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This week's theme: words about words.
obiter dictum (OB-i-tuhr DIK-tuhm) noun, plural obiter dicta
1. A passing comment.
2. An observation or opinion by a judge that is incidental to the case in question, and not binding as a precedent.
[From Latin, literally, saying by the way.]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"'Abstract Expressionism was being deployed as a cold war weapon,' (Frances Stonor) Saunders jauntily asserts. ... Obiter dicta like Saunders's pronouncement above highlight her irreducible problem." Josef Joffe; America's Secret Weapon; New York Times Book Review; Apr 23, 2000.
If you devote your life to seeking revenge, first dig two graves. -Confucius, philosopher and teacher (c. 551-478 BCE)