MEANING: adjective: Required by fashion, custom, or etiquette.

ETYMOLOGY: From French de rigueur (literally, of strictness), from Latin rigor. Ultimately from the Indo-European root streig- (to stroke or press), which also gave us strait, strike, streak, strict, stress, and strain. Earliest documented use: 1850.


A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Compassion is not weakness and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism. - Hubert Humphrey, US Vice President (27 May 1911-1978)

DERRIGUEUR - a small pocket pistol, easily concealed; a "must-carry" for today's stylish rogue