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WOTD 7-6

Posted by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 9:36 AM
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  • hard-boiled  \HAHRD-BOYLD\
  • DEFINITION   adjective
1 a : devoid of sentimentality : tough b : of, relating to, or being a detective story featuring a tough unsentimental protagonist and a matter-of-fact attitude towards violence
2: hardheaded, practical


  • DID YOU KNOW?

As a writer of local color, Mark Twain often used colloquialisms and regionalisms that were unfamiliar to many of his readers. When some of these expressions eventually caught on in the language at large, they were traced back to Twain. For example, he is credited with the first printed use of "blow up" ("to lose self-control") in 1871, of "slop" ("effusive sentimentality") in 1866, and of the phrase "sweat out" ("to endure or wait through the course of") in 1876. "Hard-boiled" is documented as being first used by Twain in 1886 as an adjective meaning "hardened." Apparently, Twain and others saw the boiling of an egg to harden the white and yolk as a metaphor for other kinds of hardening.





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itsallabtthem84
by ~B~ on Jul. 6, 2011 at 9:48 AM

TFS!

nngmommy83
by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Interesting

mumsy2three
by Shauna on Jul. 6, 2011 at 11:57 AM

interesting

Jess1231
by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM
Neat
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RobynS
by Mama2CamKat on Jul. 6, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Interesting! I love words...

bhwrn1
by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Interesting

Miranda1127
by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 9:49 PM

 How educational :)

I love Twain.

Barabell
by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Great information!

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