thaler, dollar n. [pl.
taler, talers, thaler, thalers, dollars]
- from Taler, Thaler "from the valley": any
of several former German silver coins [dollar < Late German
daler < German Thaler shortened from Joachimsthaler
"from Joachim Valley" < St. Joachimsthal (town in
Bohemia where silver for the coin was mined); Tal, Thal
"valley" is related to English dale].
- "'Miss Sieppe, Miss Sieppe, your ticket has won five
thousand dollars,' cried Maria. 'Don't you remember the lottery ticket
I sold you in Doctor McTeague's office?' 'Trina!' almost screamed her
mother. 'Five tausend thalers! five tausend thalers!'" Frank
Norris, McTeague: A Story of San Francisco,
1899, p. 81.
- "Therefore it was droll in the good Riemer, who has
written memoirs of Goethe, to make out a list of his donations and
good deeds, as, so many hundred thalers given to Stilling, to Hegel,
to Tischbein: a lucrative place found for Professor Voss, a post under
the Grand Duke for Herder, a pension for Meyer, two professors
recommended to foreign universities, &c. &c." Ralph Waldo
Emerson, Essays: Second Series, 1844, p. 502.
- "Egad, what a spendthrift I shall be this night; pence,
shillings, thalers, marks, francs, dollars, sovereigns -- they are the
same to me!" Eugene Field, The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac,
1896, p. 213.
- "He was regarded as a brilliant ornament to Germany; and
a paltry Duke of Brunswick thought a few hundred thalers well spent in
securing the glory of having such a man to reside at his provincial
court." John Fiske, The Unseen World, and Other Essays,
1876, p. 147.
- "It may be all as thou sayest, and inevitable, but I
dare not mention the thing to mother, and five thalers is all I can
spare out of my own wages." Bayard Taylor, Beauty and the Beast: and Tales of
Home, 1872, p. 146.
- "And he took his money out of his pocket and counted out
the seven talers, always reckoning four and twenty groschen to a
taler." Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm, Grimm's Fairy Tales, 1909.
- "The worker who owns a little house to the value of a
thousand talers is certainly no longer a proletarian, but one must be
Dr. Sax to call him a capitalist." Frederick Engels, The Housing Question, 1872-1873.
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- thaler n.
- See taler.
- tousche n.
- See tusche.
- traumkeller n.
- from Traum + Keller "dream + cellar,
basement": no doubt made up by the author of the following
- "He cast his regard farther afield, and was briefly in
the mind of a scape-scrounge haunting the quiet ruins of Manhattan,
then looked through the eyes of a wild chimeric condor, high above the
southern Andes, then in the mind of a young woman surfing at dawn off
New Sealand, before becoming part of a chimeric triple-mind within a
sounding humpback in mid-Pacific, then joining a chanting priestess in
some midnight temple in Singapore, followed by a drunken night-guard
at an ovitronics plant in Tashkent, an insomniac agronometricist in
Arabie, a spanceled Resiler preaching unheeded in the smoky chaos of a
traumkeller in old Prag, and finally a sleepy balloonist descending
through the dusk above Tammanrusset." Iain M. Banks, Feersum Endjinn, 1994, p. 77.
- tusche, tousche, tushe n.
- from Tusche "water color, India ink, China
ink": a greasy black liquid used in lithography, etching and
silk-screening [< German Tusche < tuschen
"to draw in ink, lay on color" < French toucher
"to touch" < Old French touchier, tochier
"to touch"]. This entry suggested by Jan Neidhardt.
- "An inky liquid that contains the ingedients of the
crayon in liquid form is much used for pen and brushwork, and to
produce solid blacks. This is called tusche, never, correctly,
lithographic ink: the latter name applies only to the printing ink
employed to produce the final proofs, and its use in reference to
tusche leads to confusion." Ralph Mayer, The Artist's Handbook of Materials and
Techniques, 1991, p. 580.
- "An image is drawn on to a prepared surface
usually limestone with a greasy crayon or lithographic ink
(tusche)." Ronald Anderson & Anne Koval, James McNeill Whistler: Beyond the Myth,
2002, p. 322.
- "The men will be adequately recompensed by the reds and
blues and silver streaks we have introduced into the gray tusche of
their lives." Donald Barthelme, The Dead Father, 2004, p. 81.
- "He was distracted, discussing Jackson Pollock with a
very pale woman whose hands were marked with tusche." Michelle
Tea, Without a Net: The Female Experience of
Growing Up Working Class, 2004, p. 17.
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