Baedeker , baedeker
a guidebook to countries or a country, a guidebook to places, a
guidebook to other things such as restaurants usually for travellers
[< Karl Baedeker (1801-1859), publisher of a series of travel
guidebooks < Bädeker, Bädker, Bödeker,
Böcker, Bäker, the Low German form of the name Böttcher
"vat maker", not related to Bäcker
- "When he catches sight through his window of a group
of strangers, Baedekers in hand, asking directions of a policeman,
he merely hopes that they won't seek out, through this tangle of
streets, the traghetto San Gregorio...." Ian Littlewood, A Literary Companion to Venice ,
1995, p. 4.
- "But as a general thing all the circus folk preferred
to roam among the native people and native scenes, and even found
some scenes that the Baedeker guidebooks neglected to
mention." Gary Jennings, The Center Ring: Spangle #2 , 1999,
- "Rimbaud never travelled with a Baedeker and showed
no interest in any particular category of art or
architecture." Graham Robb, Rimbaud: A Biography , 2001, p. 1.
- "This is as good a place as any to say that I am not
lost without a Baedeker." James Thurber, My World and Welcome to It , 1969, p.
- "The man had already made all the arrangements and
now he stood waiting on the platform, smiling cheerfully, red
Baedeker guide in hand." Kevin Baker, Dreamland: A Novel , 2002, p. 68.
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Baedeker Blitz , Baedeker
a series of raids conducted by the German Luftwaffe during World War II on
cities of cultural and historical interest in England reputedly
chosen from the Baedeker tourist guide to
from Bau "construction, architecture, a building"
+ Haus "a house, a building": an architectural
school founded in Germany in 1919, known for its experimental use of
metal, glass, etc. in buildings. See also gasthaus, hausfrau
- "As always, the atmosphere there was chaotic; all the
phones were ringing, but there was no receptionist in the little
waiting area by the elevators, which was decorated with faded,
taped-up posters for a 1929 Bauhaus Exhibition in Berlin and an
old science-fiction movie called The Forbin Project."
Michael Crichton, Disclosure , 1993.
- "When the Lovell family Chevy pulled up in front of
these blocky, Bauhaus-like structures in the steady drizzle,
Marilyn's mood sank." Jim Lovell & Jeffrey Kluger, Apollo 13 , 1995.
- "Oil paintings of benefactors hung in the lobby of
Gilman'the idiot children of the rich,' said the dean, as he
gave me a quick tourand in the Bush Library, a four-story
circular structure, concrete and brick and of a sturdy Bauhaus
demeanor, with high beamed ceilings, the stacks dotted with study
carrels, the building eerily empty, devoid of students."
Garrison Keillor, Wobegon Boy , 1997, p. 7.
- The Dessau Bauhaus Building 1926-1999
, by Margret Kentgens-Craig, 1999.
- Biedermeier to Bauhaus , by Sigrid
Sangl, Barbara Stoeltie and Rene Stoeltie, 2001.
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baum marten n.
from Baummarder "tree marten": (the brown fur of)
the European (Pine) Marten (Martes martes)
- "The pine marten (M. martes) of European and
Central Asian forests is also called baum marten and sweet
marten." "marten", Britannica.com
- "The baum marten (or pine marten), with a yellow
throat, and the stone marten (or beech marten), with a white
throat, are found in Europe and Asia." "Marten", Microsoft® Encarta® 98 Encyclopedia.
a brand of beer from Germany [< Beck, Becke, Becker,
Böck, Bäck, Bäcker, a common German surname, Bäcker
related to Berg "mountain": an iceberg:
Merriam-Webster says iceberg probably comes from Norwegian
or Danish isberg, but to me German Eisberg also
seems conceivable. [Middle High German berc; Old High
German berg.] See also burg.
- "Antarctica continually sheds accumulating ice as
glaciers calve bergssome as big as Rhode Island."
Eugene Linden, Time , May 12, 1997.
, bildungsroman n.
from Bildungsroman "education novel": a novel
focussing on the moral and spiritual development of the main
character, an Entwicklungsroman
- "Lewis' Bildungsroman is an ironic twist on the 19th
century romantic novels he studies in his library carrel."
Alessandra Stanley, "Quixotic Quest", review of Lewis Percy by Anita Brookner, Time , Mar. 19, 1990, p. 83.
The Way of the World: The
Bildungsroman in European Culture , by Franco Moretti, 2000.
- The Female Bildungsroman in English:
An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism , by Laura Sue Fuderer,
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usually pl. Birkenstocks
from Birkenstock "Birkenstock": brand name of a
leather and cork sandal made in Germany by the Birkenstock company,
which goes back to Johann Adam Birkenstock in 1774 [< German Birke
"birch" + Stock "stick, staff"]. See
- "Thin ankles will look like trees stuck in concrete
in clumpy shoes such as Birkenstock clogs." Trinny Woodall
& Susannah Constantine, What You Wear Can Change You Life ,
2005, p. 151.
- "The woman was short, small and slender, with curly
gray hair cut close to her head, in a loose green sack of a dress,
a necklace made of chunky glass beads, and Birkenstocks over black
tights." Jennifer Weiner, Goodnight Nobody: A Novel , 2005, p.
- "She's stomping around my room in her Mao jacket and
Birkenstocks, shaking her glossy curls, her eyes, behind the
lenses of her glasses (I guess revolutionaries working to empower
the masses don't wear contacts), filled with bitter tears."
Meg Cabot, The Princess Diaries, Volume V:
Princess in Pink , 2004, p. 207.
- "She wears thick baggy clothing and wool socks and
Birkenstocks and she wears silver rings on her fingers and a
turquoise pendant around her neck." James Frey, A Million Little Pieces , 2003, p.
- "Believe it or not, your feet may grow as much as a
full size during pregnancy. If all else fails, think
Birkenstocks!" Ann Douglas, The Mother of All Pregnancy Books:
The Ultimate Guide to Conception, Birth, and Everything in
Between , 2002, p. 253.
- "He was
the first one with Birkenstocks, the first with bell-bottoms, the
first with sideburns off, and the first with diversity."
Michael Crichton, Disclosure , 1993.
- "One guy went home before the meeting to change into
Dockers and a button-down shirt to be more 'appropriate,' only to
discover that his associates and a few of the senior staff were
attending in T-shirts and Birkenstocks." Bill Gates, Business @ the Speed of Thought:
Succeeding in the Digital Economy , 1999.
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from blenden "to blind": an ore especially of
certain metallic sulfides, having a fairly bright luster [German blenden
< Old High German blenten, related to Old English blind].
See also hornblende.
- "Sphalerite, also known as zinc blende, is a very
important zinc ore and is mined in many parts of the world."
"Sphalerite", Microsoft® Encarta® 98 Encyclopedia.
from Blitz "lightning": a fast intensive
campaign; a blitzkrieg; an air raid; a
rush of the passer by the defensive linebackers in American
football; a type of chess game in which one has little time to move,
similar to rapid and lightning chess. See also Baedeker Blitz.
- "M-O [Mass-Observation] really came into its own
during World War II, with its observations of the behaviour of
ordinary Londoners during the Blitz." Stephen Moss, A Bird in the Bush: A Social History
of Birdwatching , 2004, p. 128.
- "Ever since Israel blitzed the Arabs in 1967's Six
Day Wartaking the Sinai and Gaza from Egypt, the Golan
Heights from Syria and the West Bank from Jordanthe concept
of 'land for peace' has been the cornerstone of all efforts to
negotiate an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict." Christopher
Dickey & Daniel Klaidman, "A Blueprint For Peace", Newsweek , Apr. 22, 2002, p. 17.
- From the Crash to the Blitz:
1929-1939 , by Cabell B.H. Phillips, 2000.
- "... one of the guests (a famous celebrity who shall
remain nameless) got so blitzed on booze, and God knows what else,
that she passed out right in the middle of the living room
floor." Fran Drescher, Enter Whining , 1996, p. 48.
- "Deutsche Telekom goes public with a successful sales
blitz." James O. Jackson, Time , Dec. 2, 1996.
- "Bullock's quest for the truth began, he told me, in
the midst of the Blitz." Ron Rosenbaum, "Explaining
Hitler", The New Yorker , May 1995.
- "In a blitz of polar air one night they lost thirty
head of cattle and chipped them from the ice a week later like the
fallen statures of an ancient creed." Nicholas Evans, The
Horse Whisperer , 1995, p. 128.
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from Blitzkrieg "lightning war": a swift surprise
- "Everybody had humped it all day, taking down trees
and whacking off the branches, kicking and stumbling through the
brush in a blitzkrieg of mosquitoes and hard-earned sweat, and now
they'd passed round the smokes and the pot and the last of the
sticky red wine, the pale green half-gallon jugs already filled
back up with Tom Krishna's gaseous home-brewed beer that looked
like motor oil drippings and didn't taste a whole lot
better." T.C. Boyle, Drop
City , 2004, p. 280.
- The Path to Blitzkrieg: Doctrine and
Training in the German Army, 1920-1939 , by Robert Michael
- "Just two days after issuing a statement downplaying
the suit, AOLfamous for blitzkrieg marketing
tacticsreconsidered and announced a full retreat: the
company will throttle back efforts to sign up new subscribers and
invest $350 million to upgrade its networks." Daniel
Eisenberg and Anita Hamilton, Time , Jan. 27, 1997.
of the quality were staying an extra day, just to avoid the
stampede; but the smaller delegations, co-ops, representatives,
and consortia preferred to blitzkrieg the bellhops and crowd the
cashier rather than pay for another exorbitant night at the
Chateau Hôtel Casino." Dafydd ab Hugh, Balance of Power (Star Trek: The Next
Generation) , 1995.
- Hitler's Blitzkrieg Campaigns: The
Invasion and Defense of Western Europe, 1939-1940 , by J.E. and
H.W. Kaufmann, 1993.
- "The blitzkrieg to cut Finland in half was to be
abandoned after the heavy losses and the Finns could gradually be
withdrawn to other fronts." Eloise Engle & Lauri
Paananen, The Winter War: The Soviet Attack on
Finland 1939-1940 , 1973, p. 104.
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from Bratwurst "meat sausage": a kind of sausage
ideally made of pure pork that is usually fried [< German Brät,
Brat "finely chopped, raw sausage meat before filling into
skins" < Middle High German brate < Old High
German brato "pure meat (not mixed with other
ingredients), soft parts" (related to German Braten
"roast meat", not related to braten "to
fry" as some dictionaries state and many German speakers
themselves also believe) + Wurst "sausage"]. See
also wurst and knackwurst.
- "So they're getting in their bratwurst and their
baked beans in the backyard [barbecue]... They're smelling the
beans and the brats." Garrison Keillor, "The News from Lake Wobegon", A
Prairie Home Companion, Sept. 6, 2008.
- "I had seen all of my relatives, eaten a yard of
bratwurst, fished for crappies, heard dozens of stories of shame
and degradation, and was cured of my fevered thoughts about
Jean." Garrison Keillor, Wobegon Boy , 1997, p. 105.
- "Half an hour after the plane landed, I was in a
south Minneapolis backyard sitting on green grass next to a bed of
irises, feasting on sweet corn and bratwurst, drinking green
nectar, talking about old times like they were back again."
Garrison Keillor, insert in Lake Wobegon Loyalty Days , CD, 1989.
- "It says here you exposed yourself in the
"I was joking with the lunch lady.
It was a bratwurst."
"Bratwurst? Aren't we the
10 Things I Hate About You , starring
Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles & David Krumholtz, 1999.
- "'Bratwurst and sauerkraut,'
said Marietta, twirling a strand of blond hair between her
fingers. 'Wiener schnitzel
and kreplach.'" Tama Janowitz, By the Shores of Gitchee Gumee ,
1996, chapter 1.
- "[The bag] looked like a bratwurst and he guessed it
weighed about ten pounds." Stephen King, Desperation , 1996.
- "German beer became a national drink, and a number of
German dishes captured the American fancy, including bratwurst, Wiener schnitzel, German
potato salad, and apple strudel."
Don Heinrich Tolzmann, "German Americans", Microsoft® Encarta® 98 Encyclopedia.
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Bremsstrahlung, bremsstrahlung n.
from Bremsstrahlung "braking radiation": in
physics, the electromagnetic radiation produced by the sudden
retardation of a charged particle in an intense electric field (as
of an atomic nucleus); the process that produces such radiation
[German bremsen "to brake" < Bremse
"a brake" < Late Middle Low German bremse
"nose clamp for horses" < Middle Low German premse,
premese < pramen "to press" + Strahlung
"radiation" < strahlen "to radiate"
< Strahl "ray" < Middle High German stral,
strale < Old High German strala "arrow,
stripe"]. This entry suggested by Georg Kreyerhoff.
- "We can study along the same lines [as Thomson
scattering] classical bremsstrahlung, i.e., radiation by a charge
suddenly accelerated." Claude Itzykson & Jean-Bernhard
Zuber, Quantum Field Theory , 1986, p. 39.
- "The power radiated in Bremsstrahlung (B)
and radiative recombination (R) is also shown."
Martin V. Zombeck, Handbook of Space Astronomy and
Astrophysics , 1990, p. 280.
- Polarization Bremsstrahlung (Physics
of Atoms and Molecules) , V.N. Tsytovich & I.M. Oiringel,
- "The unique construction of thin layered lead
encapsulated in acrylic completely attenuates Beta emission and
errant Bremsstrahlung." Cone Instruments Nuclear Medicine
Supplies and Accessories , hospital supply catalog, 2001/2002.
- "Phosphorus-32 produces Bremsstrahlung, a high energy
secondary photon radiation." Radiation Safety , scientific supply
Buba, BuBa n.
bund , Bund , often pl. bunds n.
a German government bond denominated in deutschemarks [< Bund-
("federation") in Bundesbank,
influenced by English bond]. This entry suggested by Josef
- "However, as the rapid convergence of Eurozone bond
yields shows, monetary union has greatly reduced what investors
call country risk, so that all Eurozone members' bonds are now
regarded as being (almost) as good as the old German bunds."
Niall Ferguson, Colossus: The Price of America's
Empire , 2004, p. 232.
- "Once you've learned the ropes, consider moving up to
stock index futures or the futures on the German Bund, both among
the favorite vehicles of professional day-traders." Alexander
Elder, Come Into My Trading Room: A Complete
Guide to Trading , 2002, p. 145.
- "In the United States, it [the safest bond] had to be
the thirty-year Treasury; in Germany, the ten-year Bund."
Roger Lowenstein, When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall
of Long-Term Capital Management , 2001, p. 145.
- "For example, consider a trader who is active in the
Bund option market, and who is trying to find a simple way to
integrate a volatility skew into his theoretical pricing
model." Sheldon Natenberg, Option Volatility & Pricing:
Advanced Trading Strategies and Techniques , 1994, p. 408.
Bundesbank , Buba , BuBa n.
"Federal Bank": the German central bank [< Bundes-
"federal" + Bank "bank"].
- "In contrast, the Deutsche Bundesbank controlled
policy without government interference (Schaling 1995;
95-6)." Kelly H. Chang, Appointing Central Bankers: The
Politics of Monetary Policy in the United States and the
European Monetary Union , 2003, p. 1.
- "The French seldom disagreed with the BuBa's 'sound
money' policies." John Gillingham, European Integration, 1950-2003:
Superstate or New Market Economy? , 2003, p. 234.
- "Buba Knows Best?" Daniel Yergin & Joseph
Stanislaw, The Commanding Heights: The Battle
for the World Economy , 2002, p. 345.
- "What if he asks me a question about interest rates?
What if he wants to talk about the Bundesbank or American growth
prospects? But all he says is 'Harrods, please,' to the
driver." Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic , 2001,
- "One time, I had a really large position in Deutsche marks when the
Bundesbank came in and decided to punish the speculators."
Jack D. Schwager, Market Wizards: Interviews with Top
Traders , 1993, p. 36.
- "Hans Zietmeyer, the high priest of the Bundesbank,
chimed in just solemnly." Jordan Bonfante, "A German
Requiem", Time , July 6, 1998.
- History of the Bundesbank: Lessons
for the European Bank , by Jakob De Haan, 2000.
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related to Burg "castle, fortress": city, town.
Actually comes from Middle English burg, burgh, burch; Old
English burg; Anglo-Saxon burg, burh, buruh,
related to Old High German burg "fortified place (on a
hill)". Probably also related to Old English beorg
"hill" and Old High German berg
"hill, mountain". The meaning has therefore changed from
"hill" to "fortress on the high" to "walled
town" to "town". Thus the place-name endings -berg,
-burg, -burgh, -boro, etc. are basically only spelling variants.
- "'Just let me check herethis one houseand
then this burg is history,' he said, and turned into the driveway
of a small ranch-style home on the left side of the street."
Stephen King, Desperation , 1996.
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