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Allusions A Day December-January

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k18v2's version from 2018-02-02 05:20

JANUARY

Origin

Question Answer
Icarus/Fly too close to the sunMythology and Legend
Bread and CircusesHistory, Culture, Ideas
Deus ex MachinaLiterature
Tabula RasaLanguage and idioms
TantalusMythology and Legend
NimbyLanguage and Idioms
WaterlooHistory, Culture, Ideas
Emperors New ClothesLiterature
Left-handed ComplimentLanguage + Idioms
Golden CalfThe Bible
Sword of DamoclesMythology and Legend
SvengaliLiterature
Non SequitorLanguage and Idioms
White ElephantLanguage and Idioms
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Key Words

Question Answer
Icarus/ Fly too close to the sunDaedalus; wings and wax; Aegean sea;
Bread and CircusesWriter during the Roman Empire; imperial governmen was providing entertaining spectacles such as Colosseum; easily kept in line
Deus ex Machina"god from the mechane;" crane equipped with a harness; appear to be flying; a god would unexpectedly appear flying to earth to solve a seemingly hopeless problem; save hero/heroine
Tabula RasaEnglish philosopher John Locke, mind of a young person unaffected by experience, founder of British empiricism
Tantalusking offended gods, suffer eternal hunger, Hades, receding waters, beautiful fruit
NimbyNot in My Back Yard
WaterlooBattle, Belgium, final battle in Napolenic war, Napolean Bonaparte defeated
Emperors New ClothesHans Christian Anderson, 2 tailors make set of invisible clothes, invisible to stupid or unfit person for office, pretends to admire, he is naked, child points out nakedness
Left-handed Complimentnegative, awkward, clumsy, doubtful, heraldry, left side of shield, sinister side
Golden CalfMoses, Egypt, Mt. Sinai, Ten Commandments, worship calf, Moses breaks stone, angered at idolatry,
Sword of Damoclescourtier of Greek King Dionysius, flatterer inflate kings ego, switched life because complimented on abundance, underneath a sword suspended by a single thread; be careful what you wish for, the person you may want to be may be more miserable than you
SvengaliTrilby, novel, Voice master, absolute control, death and Trilby can no longer sing
Non Sequitorit does not follow
White Elephantalbino, special, India, Asia, Africa, rare, not beast of burden, Siam special, king of siam, costly, no income, financial ruin to those who displeased king
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Question Answer
Icarus/ Fly to close to the sunfail or to be destroyed because of lack of caution or execessive ambition
Bread and Circuses Prevent unrest by keeping people happy and defelcting concern about troubling issues
Deus ex Machinaany surprising turn of events that suddenly makes things turn out all right; us ab unsatisfying and overly convientent way to end a story
Tabula RasaThe idea that something/someone is entirely unmarked and uninfluenced
Tantalusto be offered something desirable which is then withheld
NimbyAware of the necessity of some unpleasant realities , they insist that be located away from where they live
Waterlooto suffer an ultimate defeat
Emperors New Clothesused pointing out falseness of something especially when others are afraid to admit
Left-handed Complimentinsulting / rude but a compliment
Golden Calfidol that is worshipped even though it is not worthy of worship; celebs, money, cars
Sword of Damocles awareness of impending danger
Svengaliperson who exercises excessive control or influence over another person
Non Sequitorit does not follow; irrelevant
White Elephantobject that has no use to its owner; represents financial burden/inconvenience
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JANUARY

Origin

Question Answer
Media ResLiterature
Loaves and FishesThe Bible
Magnu OpusLanguage and Idioms
Janus god of beginningsMythology and Legend
A Chip on One's ShoulderLanguage and Idioms
Noble SavageHistory, Culture, Ideas
Burning Bushthe Bible
Nacissus/NarcissismMythology and Legend
ScheherazadeLiterature
Babelthe Bible
Holy GrailLiterature
XanaduLiterature
Benedict ArnoldHistory, Culture, Ideas
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Key Words

Question Answer
Media Resinto the middle of things in Latin
Loaves and Fishesthe gospel, 5 bread and 2 fish, crowd of over 1000, Jesus blesses food
Magnum OpusGreat Work in Latin, plural of opus is opera
Janus god of beginningsRoman God of gates and doorways, entrances and beginnings, January named after Janus, 2 faces for future and past, duality
A Chip on One's Shouldersyoung boys would place a wood chop on their shoulders and dare anyone to knock it off and start a fight, show how tough they are
Noble Savagewestern philosophical, French philosopher Jean Jaques Rousseau, people are innocent and influences from civilization causes them to lose it
Burning BushPharaoh, Israelites, Promised Land
Narcissus/NarcissismNarcissus, fell in live with own reflection, obsession with beauty, died because o fit
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ScheherazadeArabian Nights, The Thousand and One Nights, folktales, wedding night, ends the story at most critical point
BabelGate of God, ancient world, Tower of Babel, reach heavens, God changes languages
Holy GrailMedieval legend, object of quest, cup from which Jesus drank at last supper, legends of King Arthur and the knights of the round table, perfection
Xanaduancient city in Mongolia, Mongol emperor of China Kublai Khan had a magnificent residence, famous by the poem "Kubla Khan", 1816 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Benedict Arnoldmilitary leader, American revolution, traitorous, surrender a key fort to the British in exchange for a British military commission, pavement
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Today

Question Answer
Media Resanything that begins abruptly in the middle of the action or things
Loaves and Fishesa miraculous abundance in the face of scarcity
Magnum Opusgreatest work produced bu a writer, composer, or other artist
Janus god of beginningscalling someone a "Janus" can be positive or negative statement because wisdom and knowledge or two-faced hypocritical
A Chip on One's Shouldersis inclined to be resentful seems to be looking for an excuse to fight
Noble Savagea person who has not been corrupted by society or civilization
Burning Bushmedium through which the voice of absolute authority speaks
Narcissus/Narcissismobsessive focus on oneself particularly one's physical appearance
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Scheherazadea person who is an excellent story teller, especially one who is able to keep an audience in suspense, may be compared to Scheherazade
Babelconfusing language
Holy Grailan object that is extremely desirable or valuable and which is attainable only after a long and difficult quest
Xanaduany magnificent, beautiful, almost magical place
Benedict Arnolda traitor
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