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A.Word.A.Day--colonel blimp

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Colonel Blimp (KUHR-nl blimp) noun, also Blimp

A pompous reactionary with out-of-date views.

[After Colonel Blimp, a cartoon character created by David Low (1891-1963).]

"President Clinton and the bipartisan leadership of the House of Representatives are trying to grease the skids on which Puerto Rico can slide into statehood. After holding the Caribbean island as a colony for 100 years, it's about time. But it is dismaying to see the kind of opposition to statehood that is being aroused by the Colonel Blimps, the racists, the hate-the-poor crowd and the English-only zealots on the mainland." Carl Rowan, Let's Add Puerto Rico to Our Melting Pot, The Buffalo News, Mar 6, 1998.

This week's theme: eponyms.


As regards intellectual work, it remains a fact, indeed, that great decisions in the realms of thought and momentous discoveries and solutions of problems are only possible to an individual working in solitude. -Sigmund Freud, neurologist, founder of psychoanalysis (1856-1939)

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