from Machtpolitik "power politics": international
diplomacy in which each nation uses or threatens to use military or
economic power to further its own interests. The English term power
politics is a loan translation of Machtpolitik. Machtpolitik
is sometimes used as a singular noun as it is in German and
sometimes in the plural, as power politics is. [< German
Macht "power, might" + Politik
"politics, policy"]. See also Ostpolitik, Realpolitik , Wehrmacht, Weltpolitik and Westpolitik . This entry
suggested by Christiane
- "In fact, Nazi Germany
was the indomitable enemy of the Western democracies, Soviet
Russia was their indispensable ally, while the right of national
self-determination was a weapon of Hitler's Machtpolitik
only." Stephen Borsody, The New Central Europe: Triumphs
& Tragedies , 1993.
- "But Machtpolitik, the rule of force, is cruel: with
the Kahama out of the way, the Kasekelans' new neighbors were the
powerful Kalande -- and now the ranks of the Kasekela started to
thin." Mark Ridley, "Going Ape", review of Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins
of Human Violence by Richard Wrangham & Dale Peterson, The
New York Times, Oct. 27, 1996.
- "The apparent transformation of New York City Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani from ruthless master of metropolitan machtpolitik
into compassionate hybrid of Hamlet, the Duke of Windsor and
Graham Greene raises a fascinating question. Can a person really,
and I mean fundamentally, change?" Mark Leyner, "A
Changed Man? No Such Animal", Time , Jun. 5, 2000.
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from Märchen "fairy tale, fable, myth, tall
story, fib, cock-and-bull story": tale, folktale, fairy story
[< German obsolete Mär, Märe "fairy tale,
tale, news" + diminutive -chen].
See deutsche mark, reichsmark.
masochism , masochist n., masochistic adj.,
from Masochismus "masochism": getting (sexual)
pleasure from being dominated, mistreated or hurt, named for Leopold
von Sacher-Masoch, 1835-1895, Austrian writer in whose stories it is
described. This entry suggested by Wilton Woods.
- "(Heterosexual) sado-masochism is the enactment of
surrender, and demand for such surrender, to sheer overwhelming
might instead of the loving request and avid surrender to the
power of (mutual) authority which is exercised for the mutual good
of the partners." H. Vernon Sattler, Challenging Children to Chastity: a
Parental Guide , 1991.
- "All other themes for action are, by virtue of their
unintended air of masochism, unfit for the calculating
citizenry." Adilkno (Foundation for the Advancement of
Illegal Knowledge), Media Archive , 1998.
- "Late in the film, O burns an 'O' into Sir Stephen's
hand, and Ted saw this as the completion of her development,
sadism now accompanying masochism." Norman N. Holland, The Critical I , 1992, p. 20.
- "Masochism corresponds to the passivism of
Stefanowski, and is the opposite of sadism, in which the pleasure
is derived from inflicting pain on the object of affection."
George Milbry Gould & Walter Lytle Pyle, Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine
, 1896, p. 480.
- "The thing itself, indeed, might be reasonably
described as a special feminine character; there is in it, in more
than one of its manifestations, a femaleness as palpable as the
femaleness of cruelty, masochism or rouge." H.L. Mencken, In Defense of Women , 1920.
- "But economic masochism is a way of life, as American
as Japanese VCRs." Christopher John Farley, My Favorite War: A Novel .
- "Beginning with childhood, Kinsey had lived with two
shameful secrets: he was both a homosexual and a masochist."
James Howard Jones, Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private
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from Mauser "Mauser": a trademark used for a
repeating rifle or pistol, named for Peter Paul & Wilhelm
Mauser, German weapons manufacturers [< German Mauser
"mouser, mouse catcher" < Middle High German mus
< Old High German mus].
- "Personal handguns such as Mauser pistols were
borrowed from machine-gun companies and anit-panzer units." Eloise Engle &
Lauri Paananen, The Winter War: The Soviet Attack on
Finland 1939-1940 , 1973, p. 111.
- "... the workers began to wreck their arms. They did
it with practised hands, striking a Mauser with a Browning and a
Browning with a Mauser." Leon Trotsky, My Life .
- "Across his chest he laid his Mauser rifle, lingering
affectionately for a moment to wipe the dampness from the
barrel." Jack London, The House of Pride and Other Tales of
- "When I can tell at sight a Mauser rifle from a
javelin", Gilbert & Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance .
- "I had brought out a shot-gun of my own, and I
borrowed a cheap Mauser sporting rifle from the store." John
Buchan, Prester John .
- "Sin Sin Wa, crooning his strange song, came in
carrying a coil of rope--and a Mauser pistol!" Sax Rohmer, Dope .
- "'And he has two Mauser holes in him.'" Richard
Harding Davis, Lion and the Unicorn , 1899, p. 95.
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from Meerschaum "sea foam": a light,
heat-resisting, hydrous magnesium silicate, sepiolite.
- "At Paris, just after dark one gusty evening in the
autumn of 18--, I was enjoying the twofold luxury of meditation
and a meerschaum, in company with my friend C. August Dupin in his
little back library, or book-closet, au troisieme, Rue
Dunot, Faubourg St. Germain." Edgar Allan Poe, "The
Purloined Letter", Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar
Allan Poe , p. 125.
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Mein Herr n.
from mein Herr "Sir, My Lord": [< German mein
"my" + Herr "lord, master, Mr."]. See
-meister n. suffix
"master" often slang or humorous, one who is renowned for,
has expertise in, or is a connoisseur of, for example angstmeister, cartelmeister, chatmeister,
dietmeister, dramameister, grungemeister, mediameister,
schlockmeister, shlockmeister, spinmeister, talkmeister, wordmeister
[< German Meister < Middle High German meister
< Old High German meistar < Latin magister
"chairman, leader, teacher"]. See also Kapellmeister, Konzertmeister, waldmeister.
- "Thousands of Indians around and I get paired with
the wackomeister of the wigwams", Tom K. Ryan, Tumbleweeds , Jul. 1, 2004.
- "You're a Harvard historian, for God's sake, not a
pop schlockmeister looking for a quick buck." Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code , 2003, p. 163. [schlock
"damaged or shoddy merchandise" possibly < Yiddish shlak
"apoplexy, stroke, wretch, evil, nuisance" < Middle
High German slag, slak "stroke" < slahen
"to strike" < Old High German slahan,
related to Modern German Schlag "a hit, blow,
- "Last week the company scored a coup by landing a
deal to co-produce English-lingo series 'Queen of Swords' for
powerhouse telco-turned-mediameister Telefonica Media and Canada's
Fireworks Entertainment (see separate story on this page)."
John Hopewell, "Morena toppers take global view" Variety , May 1, 2000.
- "Demos holds seminars at 11 Downing Street, Mulgan
has become a member of Blair's 'policy unit,' and Leadbeater, who
was rumored last year to be the prime minister's very favorite
political thinker, boasts blurbs from Blair as well as Peter
Mandelson, the notorious 'New Labour' spinmeister, on the dust
jacket of his book." Thomas Frank, "Connexity" Harper's Magazine , May 2000.
- "But when [Microsoft chairman Bill] Gates called
[Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Orrin] Hatch on Feb. 12, the
Softmeister was anything but restrained." Steven Levy,
"Microsoft vs. the World" Newsweek International, Mar. 9, 1998, p. 36.
- "It is this arcane legal regime, more than cultural
differences, that keeps U.S. businessmen from acting like Japanese
keiretsu lords or European cartelmeisters, who often
casually fix industry prices in their stagnant economies."
Michael Hirsch, "The Feds' Case Against Bill Gates" Newsweek International, Mar. 9, 1998, p. 41.
- "Sure! 'Bearmeister'! 'Bunny Boy'! 'Antler
Guy'!" G.B. Trudeau, Doonesbury , Apr. 3, 2002.
"master singer": a member of the German guilds for poets
and musicians of the 14th, 15th, and 16th
the act of performing as a Meistersinger.
- "[Jacob Grimm's] other works include Über
den altdeutschen Meistergesang (On the Old German Meistersinging,
1811), Deutsche Mythologie (German Mythology, 1835), and
Geschichte der deutschen Sprache (History of the German
Language, 1848)." "Grimm Brothers", Microsoft® Encarta® 96 Encyclopedia,
mensch , mensh
n. menschy adj.
related to Mensch "person, human being": a person
of integrity and honor [< Yiddish mentsch, mentsh,
mensh, mench < Middle High German mensch
< Old High German mennisco, mannisco; related
to English man + -ish]. See also luftmensch.
- "What a mensch, I thought. What a gifted and
sensitive soul." Elinor Lipman, "A Famous Author Says
'Swell Book! Loved It!'" In: Jane Smiley, Writers on Writing, Volume II: More
Collected Essays from The New York Times , 2003, p. 148.
- "As Kepesh shows signs of becoming a mensh, one may
feel the black humor of the absurd as one appreciates Kepesh's
underlying awareness of mortality." Elaine B. Safer, Mocking the Age: The Later Novels of
Philip Roth , 2006, p. 145.
- "He [Jonathan Silverman] has gone from being the
Triple A Matthew Broderick to being an adequately menschy David
Schwimmer." David Wild, In: Colin M. Jarman, The Nasty Quote Book , 2001, p. 74.
- "Menschiness has suddenly become cool." Wendy
Cole, "Q & A: Finding a Mensch Mate",
Time , Feb. 14, 2006.
- Robin Gorman Newman, How to Meet a Mensch in New York: A
Decent, Responsible Person Even Your Mother Would Love .
- Davis Weiss, The Mensch .
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mesmerism, mesmerist, mesmerizer,
mesmerisation n., mesmeric adj., mesmerize, mesmerise
from Mesmerismus: animal magnetism, hypnotism, compelling
attraction, fascination, named for Franz or Friedrich Anton Mesmer,
1733-1815, German or Austrian physician [Swiss German Mesmer,
Messmer "sexton, sacristan, verger" < German Mesner,
Messner < Old High German mesinari < Middle Latin masionarius,
mansionarius "sexton; building caretaker" < Latin mansio
"place one stays or lives", related to English mansion].
- "Harry paused to watch them, for the effect was quite
mesmerising." J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
(Book 7) , 2007, p. 205.
- "Premstar was concentrating on her cards and the
others were just staring out the open door, mesmerized by the
rain." T.C. Boyle, Drop
City , 2004, p. 314.
- "Normally I would have considered this [medical] exam
a joke, but instead I found myself totally mesmerized." Fran
Drescher, Cancer Schmancer , 2002, p. 179.
- "They felt underdressed in the lobby and in the bar,
where they sat mesmerized by the people who were clearly more at
ease about simply being in Le Bristol than they were." John
Irving, The Fourth Hand , 2001, p. 22.
- "Dislocate your spine if you don't sign, he says,
'I'll have you seeing double.' Mesmerize you when he's tongue-tied
simply with those eyes. Synchronize your minds and see the beast
within him rise." Queen, "Flick of the Wrist", Sheer Heart Attack , words and music
by Freddie Mercury, 1974.
- "I resolved to try on Winters, silently, and
unconsciously to himself a mesmeric power which I possess over
certain kinds of people, and which at times I have found to work
even in the dark over the lower animals." Mark Twain, Roughing It , 1871, p. 587.
- "Many persons affirmed that the history and
elucidation of the facts, long so mysterious, had been obtained by
the daguerreotypist from one of those mesmerical seers, who,
now-a-days, so strangely perplex the aspect of human affairs, and
put everybody's natural vision to the blush, by the marvels which
they see with their eyes shut." Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of Seven Gables , 1851, p.
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related to Milch n. "milk": giving milk, kept for
milking. [English milch does not derive from German Milch
but rather from Middle English -milche, Old English -milc(e)
and Anglo-Saxon -milce, -meolc, but is included here due to
common spellings and origins. The common Indo-European root *melg-
meant "to stroke, press out, wipe off, milk". Therefore
the verb to milk originally had nothing to do with the noun
milk and is etymologically earlier, and the adjective milch
is derived from the verb meaning to milk.] A milch
cow, milk cow in Modern English is a Melkkuh, Milchkuh in
Modern German. See also Liebfraumilch.
- "The little milch beasts had been caught by it,
too." Anne McCaffrey, The Renegades of Pern
, Del Rey, New York, 1990, p. 132.
- "Besides sixteen mules, the little party included a
German shepherd bitch and a younger dog, two female cats and a
tom, a fresh milch goat with two kids and a buck, two cocks and
six hens of the hardy Mrs. Awkins variety, a freshly bred sow, and
Dora and Woodrow Smith." Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for
Love , New English Library, London, 1981, p. 302 (first
from Minnesänger "singer of love songs": a
German lyric poet-composer of the 12th to the 14th
from Mugl (Austrian dialect): a bump on a ski slope.
mol, mole n.
from Mol "mol": in chemistry, a gram molecule,
molecular weight of a substance in grams. The German Mol is
an abbreviation of Molekulargewicht "molecular
weight" or Grammolekül "gram molecule".
- "In 1971 the mole was defined as the amount of
substance of a system that contains as many elementary entities as
there are atoms in 0.012 kilogram of carbon-12."
"International System of Units", Microsoft® Encarta® 98 Encyclopedia,
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from Müesli, Müsli "muesli": a
breakfast cereal of Swiss origin consisting of untoasted, rolled
oats, nuts and dried fruit; granola [< Swiss German dialect dim.
of German Mus "mush" < Middle High German muos
"meal" < Old High German muos; related to Old
English mOs "food"]. This entry suggested by
- "Somebody did own that view, could sit there
every morning with his muesli and orange juice, in his Yves St
Laurent bathrobe and Gucci slippers, and look out on this sweep of
Mediterranean heaven." Bill Bryson, Neither Here Nor There: Travels in
Europe , 1991, p. 187.
- "It is primarily confectionery, chocolates and muesli
products that Aldi has decided to drop from its assortment, as
well as products supplied by US food group Kellogg." "Aldi slashes sale of brands", Eurofood,
Mar. 11, 1999.
- Mary Riddell, "The reporting of the story of Cook, his
wife and his lover makes it plain that affair-speak is still as
mealy-mouthed as dry muesli." New Statesman, Aug.
- Vegetarian Recipe .Com Muesli
- Muesli at Midnight , by Aidan Carl
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Munchausen, Munchhausen, Münchhausen,
Münchausen, Munchausen syndrome n.
from Münchhausen: fantasist, somebody who makes up
fantastic stories in order to impress others; tall story, a
fantastic story full of exaggeration, told to impress people [<
Baron Karl Friedrich Hieronymus von Münchhausen (1720-1797), of
a book of impossible adventures written in
English by the German author Rudolf Eric Raspe < the German town
of Münchhausen < German Mönch "monk"
+ -hausen "settlement" < Haus
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