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May 24, 2023This week’s theme
Metaphors & idioms
This week’s words
Schwanengesang (Swan Song)
14 songs, written by the Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828) before he died at the age of 31, published posthumously
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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
swan song or swansong
noun: A farewell or final performance, appearance, or accomplishment.
From the ancient belief that swans sang before dying. From Old English swan. Ultimately from the Indo-European root swen- (to sound), which also gave us sound, sonic, sonnet, sonata, and unison. Earliest documented use: 1596.
“Although Gadsby meant ‘Nanette’ to be a kind of swan song, she was so jazzed by its success that she came out of her brief retirement.”
Hilton Als; Only Disconnect; The New Yorker; Jul 29, 2019.
See more usage examples of swan song in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:It is the people who scream the loudest about America and Freedom who seem to be the most intolerant for a differing point of view. -Rosanne Cash, singer-songwriter and author (b. 24 May 1955)
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