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- 1 ☽ November 8th, YDAU - Interdependence Day - Mario's adaptation of The ONANtiad
- 2 Meanwhile, in the Weight Room
- 3 The ONANtiad, cont.
- 4 Meanwhile, in the Weight Room, cont.
- 5 Some of Himself's Movies
☽ November 8th, YDAU - Interdependence Day - Mario's adaptation of The ONANtiad
a formal authorization or proposition; an arbitrary order.
referring to sucrose, i.e. ordinary table sugar, α-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→2)-β-D-fructofuranoside, a disaccharide (one of many such) in which glucose and fructose are linked in a specific way
courage or resolution in the face of difficulty
in the capacity or character of
Page 380 (cont'd)
a kind of brimless hat
OED: [obsolete] flitting, unstable, flighty
a headdress or head ornament consisting of white egret's feathers, or incorporating something resembling this, such as a spray of gems. Also: an egret's feather, or tuft of feathers, esp. one forming part of such a headdress.
a type of helmet, the forerunner of the modern combat helmets
a high-crowned felt or sheepskin hat worn in Turkey, Iran, and Central Asia
A skullcap, especially one worn by Roman Catholic priests
a detailed description of something, usually a place or region.
Spanish for shield
tall, cylindrical military cap, usually with a visor and sometimes tapered at the top
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a marasca cherry
actually Reddi-wip, a brand name of pressurized whipped cream in a can
NOAD: expressing or intending to promote a particular cause or point of view, especially a controversial one
A fedora is a soft felt hat that is creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in the front on both sides. Similar hats with a C-crown (with an indentation for the head in the top of the crown) are occasionally called fedoras. (see right) Wikipedia
a Near Eastern dessert made from filo dough, honey, nuts, and spices
German for "bona fide"
short form name for a linotype machine
'Let the call go forth . . . generation of Americans...'
Compare John F. Kennedy's inaugural address
French for "born," the feminine née being more common to denote a woman's birth name, but here the masculine né is appropriate as Gentle is a man
not the real Johnny Gentle, who was born with the surname Askew and in the U.K.
here short for "anal-retentive"
not a real product
a neologism that would mean "below the [visible] spectrum [of light]," i.e., invisible
of or pertaining to the outermost layer of skin
rendered chicken fat, used in cooking by Jews who keep kosher (among others), who cannot use lard or other rendered pork fat; in this context, it means sentimental or corny music
Frankies and Tonies
likely a reference to crooners of the Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett ilk
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a derogatory word for a worker who replaces a union worker on strike
General Electric/Radio Company of America
a support or point of rest
According to Wikipedia, a lap dissolve "is a technical term in film editing, most often used in the United States, applying to the process whereby the fading last shot of a preceding scene is superimposed over the emerging first shot (fade in) of the next scene..."
having previous knowledge
patriotic to an extreme
regarding a diet designed largely of whole grains and beans, designed to prolong life
Rush Limbaugh, the conservative host of a popular political radio talk-show
Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former First Lady, and Secretary of State under President Obama
a reference to Lyndon Hermyle LaRouche, Jr. (born 1922), a political extremist and cult leader
dioxin: a highly toxic compound produced as a byproduct in some manufacturing processes, notably herbicide production and paper bleaching. It is a serious and persistent environmental pollutant. [A heterocyclic organochlorine compound; alternative name: 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzoparadioxin]
probably refers to high radioactivity; Roentgen (R) is a standard for measuring radiation.
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i.e., after the immediate era of Texan H. Ross Perot, founder of Electronic Data Systems and twice an indepedent U.S. presidential candidate (in 1992 and in 1996, as the leader of his Reform Party)
implying that the finger is on the hand in a white glove, used to draw one's hand over a recently cleaned surface to see if any residual dirt remains
United We Stand America, Perot's political movement
Republicans, G.O.P. standing for "Grand Old Party"
an Arabic word meaning "struggle" but often translated as "holy war"
a body of attendants to a powerful person
sort of a synonym for collective consciousness
"majestic ambers and purple fruits"
words, slightly jumbled, from "America, the Beautiful"
invisible exhalations of noxious vapors
neologism, making a past participle of the noun
as in numero uno, number one
bouncing a baby up and down, as on one's knee
adipose tissue, i.e., fat
unruly or angry
the Great Seal of the U.S.
The President seems to be using this as a place name (perhaps a malapropism of the Tetons), but Teutons is a term for German-speaking people.
dresses decorated with overlapping sequins
quavering in sound
the Rudolf Wurlitzer Company, a producer of organs
French: between acts
in a manner that is motivated or caused by the level of sugar in the blood
a type of Italian dessert pastry, stuffed with sweetened ricotta cheese
characterized by boils or abscesses in and below the skin, at times interconnected, often caused by strains of Staph. aureus bacteria
forgiveness of sins
naive, simplistic, superficial
apparently another Wallace neologism, presumably the antonym of imperialism, and thus perhaps "empire-dismantling" as opposed to "empire-building"
Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien
impossible to stop or prevent
[humorous] during or relating to dinner or lunch
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
European Economic Community
North American Free Trade Agreement
butter and guns
These are the typical goods used in certain economic models because they are non-competing goods. A reference to the choice between military spending and spending on the general welfare.
not a real word, but perhaps a Wallace (or Gentle) portmanteau of internal and fraternal (as "within the brotherhood"?)
apparently a French expression for something that strikes something else; literally it means 'strikers', but it seems it's usually used to refer to batters in baseball and cricket
Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
the national emblem of Canada
i.e., tout de suite, French for "right away" (which is pronounced very close to 'toot sweet')
'It's a Small World After All'
the song heard ad nauseam at a Disneyland boat-ride attraction
the breaking of a line at the end of a verse (in a poem, song, etc.)
Meanwhile, in the Weight Room
flowing or rippling
not a real word, but apparently having to do with gurus
flashing like lightning
German: child prodigy
probably meant to be a follow-up television channel to ESPN, perhaps DFW intends Interdependent / Sports Programming Network
Michael Chang (born 1972) is an American former, but still-living, professional tennis player. Wallace misguessed Chang's early demise.
per the OED, probably Mephistophelean or Mephistophelian is intended, referring to Mephistopheles, the devil character in Goethe's Faust and Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, to whom Faust sells his soul
the writing of the lives of the saints
'The truth will set you free...'
Lyle is paraphrasing John 8:32.
Al fresco in Italian means "outside."
a Protestant sect of Christianity marked by its observance of the weekly sabbath on Saturdays
Caffeine-Free Diet Coke
The ONANtiad, cont.
Benson & Hedges
a brand of cigarettes
UKRAINE, TWO MORE BALTIC STATES APPLY FOR NATO INCLUSION
Ukraine did not begin application for NATO membership until 2006, while the Baltic States were all admitted in 2004.
twelve out of fifteen NATO nations
The last time NATO had fifteen members was in 1982, when Spain was admitted.
This is defined as "the influence that one powerful country may have on the policies of a smaller neighboring country" and refers to Finland's relations with the USSR following WWII.
Jean Chrétien admits that the issues were used here as the "big stick" in the T. Roosevelt-era "speak softly and carry a big stick" foreign policy of President Gentle.
TURTLE MTN. INDIAN RESERVATION
a reservation for Chippewa Indians
GI-X-Ray-Grade Colonic Purgative
the kind of laxatives given to people about to undergo colonoscopies (GI meaning Gastro-intestinal)
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
Department of Energy
a city of Massachusetts about 30 miles north of Boston
Martin Scorsese (b. 1942), American film director.
Meanwhile, in the Weight Room, cont.
a city in Kansas about 60 miles northwest of Wichita
able to moves things with one's mind
a skullcap, typically worn by Roman Catholic acolytes (image in note above, page 380)
Modus operandi, a Latin phrase meaning the way in which a criminal operates out of habit
DISCUSSION Or more generally, way of operating
Department of Motor Vehicles
a physician who treats cancer
Some of Himself's Movies
tending to enjoy pain to the point of sexual response; cf. sadistic, tending to derive sexual pleasure from the infliction of pain on another
table sugar, a disaccharide in which a 5 membered ring and a 6 membered ring are joined as β-D-fructofuranosyl-(2→1)-α-D-glucopyranoside; β--fructofuranosyl-α-glucopyranoside
a reference to the Sirens of Greek mythology
about two ounces
This is the theater where President Lincoln was assassinated.
very thick long wide sideburns
the process whereby organic matter exposed to minerals over time is turned into stone
Her full name Thérèse de Lisieux
took a liking, to cotton to is to take a liking to
the lighted signs on which theaters announce what is playing
women's dresses with close fitting bodices and full skirts
the British word for "bathroom"