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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
sansculotte or sans-culotte
noun: A radical or revolutionary.
From French, literally, without knee breeches. In the French Revolution, this was the aristocrats’ term of contempt for the ill-clad volunteers of the Revolutionary army who rejected knee breeches as a symbol of the upper class and adopted pantaloons. As often happens with such epithets, the revolutionaries themselves adopted it as a term of pride. Earliest documented use: 1790.
You don’t have to be a radical or a revolutionary to go without pants. Take part in the No Pants Subway Ride.
“[Steven] Pinker is not a sansculotte running amok with a box opener through handbooks. Instead he simply advocates cutting free from prescriptive ancien grammatical regimes.”
Sam Pickering; The Essence of Style; Sewanee Review (Baltimore, Maryland); Spring 2015.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:The court is like a palace built of marble; I mean that it is made up of very hard and very polished people. -Jean de la Bruyere, essayist and moralist (1645-1696)