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/notes/words/english Jettisson Tue, 21 Apr 2009

Definition (on

  • to cast (goods) overboard in order to lighten a vessel or aircraft or to improve its stability in an emergency.
  • to throw off (something) as an obstacle or burden; discard.
  • (Cards) to discard (an unwanted card or cards).

French translation (on wordreference):

  • (from ship) jeter qqch par-dessus bord
  • (from plane) larguer
  • (idée théorie) rejeter

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/notes/words/english Iniquity Fri, 12 Oct 2007

From: Bones 1x06 (The Man in the Wall), and primarily the Bible

Immorality, injustice, darkness

Psalm 59 (Bible, King James Version):

Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
and save me from bloody men.

/notes/words/english Per se Wed, 19 Sep 2007

Of, in, or by itself or oneself; intrinsically. (freedictionnary) (wiktionary)

(from a TV Guide article: Matthew Fox's fearless, balls-to-the-wall performance)

Dating back to the 1950's, this refers to nn all-out effort. The phrase originated from an aviation term. On airplanes, the throttle control handles and the fuel mixture are often topped with grips that are ball shaped, thus referring to pilots as "balls." If you push the ball forward close to the front wall of the cockpit your result would be a top speed.

Term used by pilots. when accelerating quickly, the throttle is pushed all the way to the panel and the throttle lever (ball) actually touches the panel (wall). Hence, balls to the wall.

The phrase is essentially the aeronautical equivalent of the automotive "pedal to the metal."

/notes/words/english Juju Sun, 13 May 2007

(from Grey's Anatomy s02e22 - Superstition)

Juju is an aura or other magical property, usually having to do with spirits or luck, which is bound to a specific object; it is also a term for the object.

Juju is also a term used to refer to energy: "Good juju" is good energy, "bad juju" is bad energy.

/notes/words/english witty Sat, 12 May 2007

combining clever conception and facetious expression

/notes/words/english lest Sat, 12 May 2007

for fear that

"Lest we forget."

(found while trying to translate "en l'occurence")

the present or particular occasion

[From Middle English for the nones, for the occasion, alteration of for then anes : for, for; see for + then, neuter dative sing. of the; see the1 + ones, anes, once; see once.]

It's recorded right back into medieval times but was originally created by mistake.

  • nonce: pour l'instant (pour le moment)
  • for the nonce: pour la circonstance

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