abseil v.i., n.
from abseilen "to rope down": to rappel; a
descent by rappelling [German ab-, "down" + Seil,
"rope, line"]. Abseil is chiefly British and
Australian; rappel is chiefly American. This is one of the
very few words that come from a German verb. Abseiling is
now even used in its English form in German to mean specifically the
new, trendy sport. This entry suggested by malacalypse the
- "It is also an excellent vantage point from which to
watch Samuel L. Jackson, who has taken everyone in a neighbouring
building hostage and is fighting off helicopters, while men abseil
down the building and a SWAT team opens fire from a barge in the
middle of the river." "States and the film industry:
Lures and enticements", The Economist , Mar. 14, 1998.
- "It [canyoning] involves following a stream from the
top of a canyon to the bottom by jumping off low cliffs, abseiling
over waterfalls and zipping down natural rock waterslides."
Daffyd Roderick, "Travel Watch: Detour", Time International, Oct. 18, 1999, p. 8.
- "The boys' companion Tiggy Legge-Bourke, 33, will be
on hand (though presumably not for sports outings after her recent
blunder in allowing the princes [William and Harry] to
abseil--rappeling headfirst down a steep incline--without helmets)
as will their cousins Zara, 17, and Peter Phillips, 20, Princess
Anne's children." Anne-Marie O'Neill et al., "A Lesson
In Loss", People , Aug. 31, 1998, p. 48.
- "You don't have to abseil down a corporate skyscraper
to join in. The World Bank bonds boycott is a campaign to cut
World Bank funds off at source, in the spirit of the
anti-apartheid movement." "Campaign: Spank the
Bank", New Internationalist, Sep. 2001.
- "However at the end of last year, Toplis was asked if
he was interested in attempting a 140 ft abseil to raise money for
the Anthony Nolan Trust." Andrea Kon, "Jumping for
, Jan. 29, 2001.
- "In the 1990s, taking your team to learn to abseil
down a cliff face, battle with paint balls or build a raft to
cross a river were vaunted as the way to bond teams and get them
to work effectively together." Annie Gurton, "An exercise in bonding", Computer
Weekly, Nov. 9, 2000.
- "The event was managed by youth consultancy Cake,
which persuaded Spice Girl Mel C, and Richard Branson to abseil
down the front of the store." Sue Levy, "Media
expansion tests PR tracking", Marketing,
Feb. 24, 2000.
from Affenpinscher "monkey terrier": a breed of
dog. See also Doberman
- "For the breeders of the 2,620 champion canines (from
affenpinschers to Yorkies) competing in American dogdom's Super
Bowl, the potential payoff was worth it--not the prize money
(there is none) but the bragging rights." "Up Front:
Kennel Nation", People , Feb. 24, 1997, p. 50.
- "In the unlikely event that Johnny doesn't make it
out of his breed, Love predicts a free-for-all among a giant schnauzer (Ch. Skansen's Tristan
II), a white standard poodle (Ch. Lake Cove That's My Boy), an
Afghan bitch (Ch. Tryst of Grandeur), an English springer spaniel
(Ch. Salilyn 'N Erin's Shameless) and her long shot, the
affenpinscher Ch. Yarrow's Super Nova." Franz Lidz,
"Scorecard/Dogs: Party Animals", Sports Illustrated , Feb. 7, 2000, p.
- Affenpinscher Champions, 1968-1998,
Jan Linzy, 1999.
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from Ahnentafel "ancestor chart": a type of chart
used in genealogy that uses a particular numbering system for all
ancestors of the main person [German Ahn, Ahne,
"ancestor" + Tafel, "table, chart"].
This entry suggested by G. Victor Paulson.
from Alpenglühen "Alpine glow": a
reddish-purple glow often seen on mountain tops just before sunrise
or after sunset.
- "At length, toward the end of the second day, the
Sierra Crown began to come into view, and when we had fairly
rounded the projecting headland before mentioned, the whole
picture stood revealed in the flush of the alpenglow." John
Muir, The Mountains of California , 1894.
- "We had heard the heavy detonation of the slide about
the hour of the alpenglow, a pale rosy interval in a darkling air,
and judged he must have come from hunting to the ruined cliff and
paced the night out before it, crying a very human woe." Mary
Austin, The Land of Little Rain , 1903, p.
- "But no painter ever laid such colours on his canvas
as those which are seen here when the cool evening shadows have
settled upon the valley, all gray and green, while the mountains
shine above in rosy Alpenglow, as if transfigured with inward
fire." Henry Van Dyke, Little Rivers: A Book of Essays in
Profitable Idleness .
- "Alpenglow suffuses many of the photos, from Mono
Lake in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Annapurna
Range in Nepal to a reflecting pond in Alaska's Denali National
Park: eerie almost extraterrestrial pinks, mauves and
purples." Robert F. Jones, "Books: Photographer with an
Eye for Adventure", Sports Illustrated , Dec. 25, 1989,
- "A few innocent-looking clouds are sliding in from
the west, a nice accent that helps fire the peaks with
alpenglow." Steve Howe, "This is no picnic", Backpacker , Aug. 1, 1996, p. 64.
- "Because what we'd miss even more than the peaks
covered in alpenglow, even more than the sparkle of sun on the
waves, is the furious meeting of rock and water, the high drama
and often unspeakable beauty the two [man and woman] produce when
they stand side by side." Pam Houston, "Why Women Love
Men", Men's Health , Sep. 1, 1996, p. 132.
- "In fact, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and Catherine
Zeta-Jones all owe their alpenglow to [beautician Lily]
Garfield." Suzanne Brown, "Beauty Talk/Black Book:
Height Of Luxury", InStyle , Apr. 1, 2001, p. 324.
from Alpenstock "Alps stick": a strong
iron-pointed staff used by mountain climbers. See also Birkenstock.
- "The little boy had now converted his alpenstock into
a vaulting pole, by the aid of which he was springing about in the
gravel and kicking it up not a little." Henry James, Daisy Miller , 1879. Alpenstock
is used 6 times in this book.
- "It [the smoke] came from the pipe of a young man who
had an alpenstock and who looked as if he had climbed to see the
sun rise." Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lost Prince , 1914, p. 238.
- "All [the tourist children] carried toy hatchets with
a spike on one end built to resemble the pictures of
alpenstocks." Stewart Edward White, The Mountains , 1904, p. 200.
- "Roofs slope off into the bluffs, houses are built on
green ledges of earth, and back yards shoot skyward, so that the
vineyards grow at an angle of forty-five degrees, and he who goes
to look at his garden must needs take an alpenstock in his
hands." Elia Wilkinson Peattie, After the Storm: A
Story of the Prairie, 1897, p. 403.
- "And as a kind of horrid climax to the purge, a
Soviet agent befriended Trotsky in Mexico City, then hacked him to
death in 1940 with a steel-bladed alpenstock." Otto
Friedrich, "World: Headed for the Dustheap", Time , Feb. 19, 1990, p. 36.
- "This rich tradition of mountain guiding and
exploration comes to life through archival photos and a period
re-creation complete with hemp ropes, alpenstocks, and wool
knickers." "Anyplace Wild: Companion Guide to the Public
Television Series (Special Supplement to Backpacker
Magazine)", Backpacker , Jun. 1, 1998, p. S1.
from Alphorn "Alpine horn": a curved, wooden,
powerful-sounding horn used by Swiss mountaineers for signaling.
- "Before that, Hans Rudolph Dutschler, an amateur
alpenhorn player, covered the debts from his surveying
business." Margot Hornblower, "Music", Time International, May 28, 1990, p. 52.
- "Another touch of town authenticity resounds from the
alpenhorn of Bob Johnson, owner of the Enzian Motor Inn. Wearing
traditional Bavarian dress, Johnson plays his 12-foot-long
alpenhorn for about 10 minutes each morning from the balcony
railing of the Enzian." "Leavenworth: Alpine
Authenticity", German Life, May 31, 1997.
- "We've even had an alpenhorn player come in and
play." Hartley Wynberg, "Glenn Gould Studio: Homage to a
Master", Professional Sound, Oct. 1, 1999.
- "The Pastoral Symphony asks for a solo 'corno
pastoriccio', a valveless instrument that some think was an
'alpenhorn'." Carl Bauman, "Mozart, L.:
Symphonies", American Record Guide, May 1, 1998.
- "Lodging: Alpenhorn Bed and Breakfast. Most rooms
have spa tubs and gas fireplaces. From $149. 601 Knight Ave.;
866-5700, (888) 829-6600, or www.alpenhorn.com."
"The West's Best Lakes", Sunset , Aug. 2001.
- Alphorn Favorites , Various Artists,
music CD, 1997.
- Alphorn Concertos , Leopold Mozart et
al., music CD, 1997.
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from Angst "strong fear": anxiety, anguish,
distress, worry, alarm, fright, gloom, depression [< German Angst
< Middle High German angest < Old High German angust.
Angst has the same Indo-European root as English anxiety,
anxious, anguish and anger, and Latin anxietas,
anxius, angustus "narrow, tight" < angere
"to press tightly; strangle; distress, anguish, make
anxious". Merriam-Webster says, "Danish & German;
Danish, from German". Wikipedia says, "Angst is a Dutch
and German word for fear or anxiety", and also mentions the
Danish word angst. All of my other sources only mention the
- "'It'll come again,' many a wise birder would nod
knowingly in my direction on seeing my angst at missing some
rarity or other." James Hanlon, UK500:
Birding in the Fast Lane , 2006, p. 23.
- "In a jewelry shop a black-haired woman wore a
sweat-shirt that offered, at least for her, a resolution for
cultural Angst. It said, 'Don't Worry, Be Hopi.'" Chris
Bolgiano, Mountain Lion: An Unnatural History
of Pumas and People , 2001.
- "He suffered perpetual auto angst. For weeks his
Jaguar had been sputtering to an inappropriate halt at stoplights
all over the Valley." Jerry Stahl, Permanent Midnight: A Memoir .
- "'Every generation thinks they're uniquely
unexceptional,' replied Yukio. 'It's this generational envy thing,
happens every twenty-five years. At least be original in your
existential angst. This is a long-distance call.'"
Christopher John Farley, My Favorite War , 1996.
- "'The tension, Mom! You know! The angst!!' 'You feel
tension and angst??'" Cathy Guiswite, Cathy comic strip.
- "The Angst over EMU", Jay Branegan, Time , Mar. 17, 1997, p. 22.
- Woody Allen's Angst: Philosophical
Commentaries on His Serious Films , Sander H. Lee, 1996.
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See angst, -meister.
from Ansatz "statement, formulation; beginning,
start": a technical term used by mathematicians and especially
by theoretical physicists to describe a solution to a problem which
is guessed (usually with some free parameters). This entry and
definition suggested by Hilmar
- "It is shown that a correct description of the
stationary quantum transport in superlattices with field-induced
localized eigenstates requires the
determination of a time-dependent distribution function from a
kinetic equation, which emerges beyond the Kadanoff-Baym
Ansatz.", P. Kleinert & V.V. Bryksin, "Quantum
Transport in Semiconductor Superlattices Beyond the Kadanoff-Baym
Ansatz", International Journal of Modern Physics B,
2001, p. 4123.
- "The Bethe-ansatz wave function" Minoru
Takahashi, Thermodynamics of One-Dimensional
Solvable Models .
from Anschluß "annexation": a union;
political and economic union (of two countries); the annexation of
Austria by Nazi Germany in 1938.
- "And after the Anschluss, he [Kurt Waldheim] waited two
whole weeks before joining the Nazi
Student Union." Bill Bryson, Neither Here Nor There: Travels in
Europe , 1991, p. 264.
- "Here is an example of exactly such a leap of faith,
which legitimizes a startling educationistic Anschluss of a host
of traditional and concretely identifiable academic studies:
...." Richard Mitchell, The Graves of Academe , 1981.
- "And Hitler sent Bloch loving postcards afterwards
with 'yours gratefully, Adolf,' and he became the protector of Dr.
[Eduard] Bloch after the 1938 Anschluss." Ron Rosenbaum, Explaining Hitler: The Search for the
Origins of His Evil , 1999.
- "[Fritz Mandl] appears to have been willing to do
business with anyone on any side of any war, and because of that,
the Nazis confiscated his factory even
before the Anschluss joined Austria to Germany, in 1938."
Hans-Joachim Braun, "Advanced Weaponry of the Stars", Invention
and Technology, Spring 1997, p. 13.
- Austria Before and After the
Anschluss , David Lehr, 2000.
- The Anschluss Movement 1931-1938 and
the Great Powers , Alfred Low, 1985.
- Timor's Anschluss: Indonesian and
Australian Policy in East Timor, 1974-1976 , Sue Rabbitt Roff,
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from Ausländer "outlander": citizen of a
foreign country, foreigner, alien, outsider [< German Ausland
"foreign country" < aus "out, away" + Land
"land, country"]. This entry suggested by Wilton Woods.
- "It ['fraki'] means a groundhog, an earthdweller, a
dirt dweller, one who never goes into space, not of our tribe, not
human, a goy, an auslander, a savage, beyond contempt."
Robert A. Heinlein, Citizen of the Galaxy , 1982, p. 74.
- "In Ketzin, 10 miles from Berlin, 44 Auslander barely
escaped with their lives when the building they inhabited was
razed by torch throwers." "German right-wingers
spearhead scores of attacks against foreigners", Time , Sep. 14, 1992.
- "Putting out the welcome mat represents a 180-degree
policy turn for Germany, which has long denied being an immigrant
nation, even though loopholes have let in 'guest workers' and
political refugees. Those waves of Auslander have pushed the
foreign-born population to 9%." Jack Ewing,
"International Business: Immigration: HELP WANTED", Business Week , Sep. 17, 2001, p. 52.
- "The Bill of Rights is like foreign aid--something we
like to talk about, but are too stingy or too indifferent to give
to auslanders." Nicholas von Hoffman, "Defending Freedom
By Suspending Liberty", The New York Observer , Jan. 7, 2002.
- "While the experience varies from employer to
employer, veterans say a few lessons should be borne in mind by
anyone thinking of working for an auslander. First, be sure your
prospective employer knows what it's doing in coming to
America." Wilton Woods, "Executive Life: Should You Work
for a Foreigner?", Fortune , Aug. 1, 1988, p. 123.
- "As much as he [Joseph A. Reaves] loves his native
land, particularly that part of it that is Wrigley Field, he sadly
concludes that he is yet an auslander. 'I don't know where home
is,' he writes. 'I fear I will never know.'" Ron Fimrite,
"Books: A Couple of Curveballs", Sports Illustrated , Sep. 22, 1997,
- Auslander: A Novel , Mary Curtner
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n. [pl. autobahns,
from Autobahn "auto way": (in Germany)
superhighway, interstate highway, freeway, expressway, limited
access highway [Am.], motorway [Br.] [< German Auto
"auto", short for Automobil
"automobile" + Bahn, "way, road, track,
path"]. This entry suggested by Anne Koth. See also infobahn.
parallel set-up cannot quite compete with the petrol engine in its
performance but, with a top speed of 210kph and 150 horsepower, it
should be sufficient to satisfy all but the most impatient
autobahn driver." The Book of Visions: An
Encyclopaedia of Social Innovations, edited by Nicholas Albery.
- "Germany, where some locals guard the entitlement to
drive 200-plus km/h as though it were a natural right and visitors
prize a freedom denied at home, remains the exception: there is
only one limit on most of the superhighways, and that is the car's
performance. But the days of warp drive on the autobahn may be
numbered." Daniel Benjamin Berlin, "Living: Speed Kills --
Right?", Time , Apr. 27, 1992, p. 40.
- "The Yankees go through a World Series like a
Mercedes on the autobahn." Michael Knisley, "October Best", The Sporting News , Nov. 6, 2000.
- "Late in the last century (the 1990s believe it or
not), we spoke of the information highway as if we were riding on
a high-speed autobahn feeling barely in control and having few
exits." Philip R. Jr. Day, "Blind Ride on the Technology
Highway" Matrix: The Magazine for Leaders in
Education, Jun. 2000.
- "Many people still believe that the autobahns in
Germany were a National Socialist 'creation', but this is very
wide of the mark." Uwe Oster, "The Autobahn myth", History
Today, Nov. 1996.
- American Autobahn: The Road to an
Interstate Freeway with no Speed Limit , Mark Rask, 1999.
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automat, Automat n.
from Automat "vending machine": a restaurant in
which patrons obtain food from small compartments with doors opened
by inserting coins into slots [< German Automat
"vending machine, self-operating machine", shortened from
Automaton (n.sing.) < automata (n.pl.)
< Greek autó-matos "self-moving"].
- "The wall reminded Hall oddly of an automat."
Michael Crichton, The Andromeda Strain , 1969, p. 140.
- "That he was not succeeding soon became evident when
he explained to Ron how to get a free bowl of tomato soup at an
Automat." Russell Miller, Bare-faced Messiah: The True Story of
L. Ron Hubbard , p. 65.
- "We must eat in the foreigners' cafeteria where the
food ranges from very poor to good. The atmosphere is reminiscent
of a cross between an automat and a warehouse." Karen
Turner-Gottschang & Linda A. Reed, China Bound : A Guide to Academic
Life and Work in the PRC .
- "You go a little farther down the street and get it
at the Automat or the Crystal Lunch." Christopher Morley, The Haunted Bookshop .
- "We had heard about Automats but had never seen one,
so we ate a large breakfast at one and then went on a walking tour
of Rockefeller Center." W. Carl Ketcherside, Pilgrimage of Joy: An Autobiography
of Carl Ketcherside .
- "For me, the Smothers brothers are as dated as Chubby
Checker, the Automat and a good 10-cent cigar." Rex Reed,
"Travolta's Mission: Incomprehensible ... Hollywood on
Ecstasy", The New York Observer , Jun. 11,
- "'The toughest part is that I don't want to eat in
the Automat for the rest of my life.'" Clement Greenberg, as
quoted in: Raphael Rubinstein, "The Harold Letters 1928-1943:
The Making of an American Intellectual", Art in America , Dec. 2000.
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