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Sep 23, 2020
This week’s theme
Shirts & pants

This week’s words
fancy-pants
shirtsleeve
trouser role
brownshirt
seat-of-the-pants

trouser role
Isabel Leonard as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
Metropolitan Opera

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trouser role

PRONUNCIATION:
(TROU-zuhr rohl)

MEANING:
noun:
In opera, drama, film, etc.:
1. A role in which a female character pretends to be a male.
2. A male part played by a female actor.
Also known as a breeches role or a pants role.

ETYMOLOGY:
From the traditional view of trousers as male clothing. From an alteration of earlier trouse, from Scottish Gaelic triubhas, influenced by drawers. Earliest documented use: 1955.

USAGE:
“‘Ms. Sonnier will be singing the part of Romeo.’ I paused, playing back the sentence in my mind.
‘Romeo?’
‘That’s correct, sir. It’s a trouser role.’”
Reed Arvin; The Last Goodbye; HarperCollins; 2009.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief ... that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart. -Walter Lippmann, journalist (23 Sep 1889-1974)

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