MEANING: noun: A harsh taskmaster.

ETYMOLOGY: After Simon Legree, a brutal slaveholder in the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896). Simon Legree has Uncle Tom, an enslaved man, whipped to death for refusing to divulge the whereabouts of two enslaved women who had escaped to freedom. Earliest documented use: 1857.

SIMON DEGREE - an MBA in Shopping Mall management

SIMON LE TREE - a simple French arbre

I'M ON LE GREEN - pretty good golf shot, non?