Fwd: A.Word.A.Day--brodie

From: Wade Smith (wade_smith@harvard.edu)
Date: Wed 16 Oct 2002 - 15:56:22 GMT

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    Subject: A.Word.A.Day--brodie

    brodie (BROH-dee) noun

        1. A daredevil or suicidal jump.

        2. A spectacular failure.

        3. A sudden change in a vehicle's direction.

    [After Steve Brodie, who claimed to be the first person to survive a dive from the Brooklyn Bridge in 1886.]

    Should you believe Steve Brodie's claim? Here's the math: http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/teaching/301/lectures/node22.html

       "The yuppie market is where everybody wants to be because that's where
        the money is -- or was, up until the Dow Jones did a Brodie."
        John R. White, Buick Regal, The Boston Globe, Nov 15, 1987.

       "After all the hype, the movie did a brodie after the second week."
        Jim Beckerman, et al, The Highs & Lows of '97 Movies, Record (Bergen
        County, NJ), Dec 28, 1997.

    This week's theme: eponyms, or words derived from people's names.


    I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose, - words in their best order; poetry, - the best words in their best order. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), poet, critic

    Pronunciation: http://wordsmith.org/words/brodie.wav http://wordsmith.org/words/brodie.ram

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