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...blue!

BLUEBEARD

PRONUNCIATION: (BLOO-beerd)


MEANING: n, A man who marries and kills one wife after another.

ETYMOLOGY: After Bluebeard, nickname of Raoul, the blue-bearded main character in a fairy tale by Charles Perrault (1628-1703). In the story, Bluebeard's wife finds the bodies of his previous wives in a room she was forbidden to enter. The feminine equivalent of the word could be black widow. Earliest documented use: 1795.

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BLURBEARD - Five-o'clock shadow

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-minus D -

BLUEBEAR - in winter what fuzzy-wuzzy was 'cause he wasn't fuzzy.

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laugh

(although "BEAR" would probably have gotten the point across too)

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A few weeks ago we saw baddies from the real world, and now it's time to visit the rogues' gallery from fiction. This week we'll see
a killer, BLUEBEARD
a maimer, ?
a seducer, Don Juan
a petrifier, ?
an evil scientist. Frankenstein

Fill it out, Wolf! smile

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a killer, BLUEBEARD - sure

a maimer,-- Oedipus ? {"Pluck out his eyes! Apologiize!") Did someone torture people on the rack and tear their limbs out ?? a Knight of Ni ??? I give up !

a seducer, Don Juan - sure

a petrifier, ? - the Gorgon MEDUSA

an evil scientist. Frankenstein - sure

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Procrustes

PRONUNCIATION: (pro-KRUS-teez)

MEANING:
noun: A person imposing conformity without concern for individuality.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Procrustes, a giant in Greek mythology, who stretched or cut his victims to make them fit his bed. He was killed by Theseus. From Greek Procroustes (stretcher). The word is more often used in its adjective form procrustean. Earliest documented use: 1581.
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ROCRUSTES - small iron rocks

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PROCRUSHES - generic wrestling hold

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a seducer, DON JUAN

I suppose it could be CASANOVA, too.

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In that case, Wolf, Guru Anu is more devious than we suspect.

It so happens that I knew Casanova (not in the biblical sense) and believe me, Casanova was not fictional, although some of his exploits certainly were. smile

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Ah. I forgot this was Fiction week !


SIREN

PRONUNCIATION: (SY-ruhn)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A beautiful and seductive woman, especially one leading others into disaster.
2. Something attractive that is potentially disastrous.
3. A device that makes loud sounds, used for warning signals.
[What a great spot this would have been to introduce the word "ululating" !]

ETYMOLOGY:
After Siren, one of a group of sea nymphs, whose enchanting singing lured sailors to shipwreck on the rocks around their island. Also see femme fatale. Earliest documented use: 1340.

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SIRENO - the male counterpart, though inclined to be nosy. A great sword-fighter, too. See Roxanne for references.

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